Oriental Massage B

Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, has been the major health care system in China for over two thousand years. Its practice is guided under the ancient Chinese Philosophical framework of Yin and Yang Five-element Theory.

The concept of Yin and Yang underpins TCM, with the first recorded evidence of this relationship appearing in about 700BC. The Yin and Yang concept embodies the two opposite aspects within any natural phenomenon.

The application of the Yin and Yang philosophy to the understanding of the human body purports that normal physiological functions are dependent on the kinetic balance between the two kinds of forces, that is, Yin and Yang. Once either of these forces become excessive or deficient, the human body will lose its balance thereby becoming dysfunctional, leading to a disease state.

TCM treatment therefore focuses on regaining this balance in order to restore normal human physiological functions in one or more parts or systems.

The Chinese developed and refined massage over centuries of time.

The Melbourne Institute of Massage Therapy offers the opportunity to learn this ancient massage technique from qualified and experienced trainers.

There are many techniques used in Oriental Massage to bring about a therapeutic effect. In this course the thumbs are predominantly used to stimulate specific acupuncture points with a press/release technique. As well, percussion technique is used to stimulate vital energy flow through the meridians.

Zang-Fu (Internal Organs) Theory:

Zang-Fu is a general term relating to the internal organs of the human body. Zang-Fu theory is another important concept in TCM that assists us to understand and treat internal complaints.

In brief, there are five Zang and six Fu organs. Zang organs are ‘solid’ organs and classified as Yin organs. There main physiological function is to produce and store essential substances, including Essence (or Jing), Qi, Blood and Body Fluids. Zang organs include the Liver (Liv), Heart (Ht), Spleen (Sp), Lung (Lu) and Kidney (Ki).

Oriental Massage “B” covers treatment plans and techniques for a range of “internal” complaints such as asthma.

This unit will also concentrate on treatment sequences and familiarity of acu pointsfor:

Internal Chest Complaints

Lung channels

Pericardium & Heart Channels

Uro-genital complaints

Lower back

Spleen Channel

Ankle & Heel

Digestive Complaints

Back Shu points

Abdominal points

Stomach & Spleen

Calming Shen

*Pre-requisites for this course are a minimum of a Certificate IV in Massage