Chinese and Japanese Origins (02:03)
Instructor John Hickey states that shiatsu is the more modern form of pressing techniques. Vital energy is called chi. Acupuncture channels are extensions of the twelve main organs in the body.
Determining Excessive or Deficiency (04:59)
Stagnation equals pain. Moderate pressure, warmth, and rest alleviates deficiency pain. Practitioners treat deficiency discomfort locally and distally.
Meridian Pairings (02:32)
Practitioners use yin-yang pairings for deficiency. In the arm, the yin connects to the lung and the yang connects to the large intestine. In the leg, the yin connects to the spleen and the yang connects to the stomach.
Great Channels (04:47)
The six great channel pairings for excess relate to the interior and anterior of the body. The Xaio Yang channels run through the legs and are connected to the gall bladder.
Blood Stagnation (04:03)
Chi is the commander of blood and blood is the mother of chi. In diagnosis, it is important to differentiate between chi stagnation and blood stagnation.
Treatment and Diagnosis Techniques (02:39)
The kneading technique relaxes the channel. The cutting technique divides the channels into sections. The rotating technique is a circular motion.
Pressing Technique (04:21)
The pressing technique uses ordinary pressure. The most important thing regarding this method is the quality of touch. Intermittent pressure is pressing and releasing.
Soothing Technique (03:03)
The sustained pressure technique uses the thumbs to apply pressure—hold and vibrate to awaken the blood. A focus hold strengthens efficiency.
Treating the Root and Branch (11:03)
Root treatment means the general condition of the body. Branch treatment refers to immediate action. Transport points directly reflect the condition of an organ.
Lung, Pericardium, and Heart (04:45)
The pressing technique on the spine releases chi in the liver and gall bladder. Lumbar one is also known as the triple heater.
Leg Treatments (04:20)
Hickey recommends doing both channels on the legs at once. Use the fingers to stabilize the legs while alternating between the rotating technique and the cutting technique.
Neck and Shoulder Pain (07:36)
Treatment on the neck starts with one hand supporting the head and the other hand performing the rotation. More than one channel can be stimulated and diagnosed at a time.
Arm and Shoulder Treatment (06:49)
Rolling the elbow opens the scapula area. Hickey demonstrates holding the elbow and using the cutting technique all the way down the hand. The channels of the arm are paired with the channels in the leg.
Lower Back Channels (08:20)
Use the pairing method to choose the appropriate meridian. The bladder is the longest channel in the human body. The pericardium is known as the heart protector.
Credit: Clinical Shiatsu (02:49)
Credit: Clinical Shiatsu
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