Below is only a few techniques and companies that have a common ancestry. Ancestry to mean that nothing is new in the universe of discovery. Every thing is re-discovered, re-trade marked etc…by many, but all work off the same principles of the Healing Arts of Touch.
The healing power of touch has been a resonant idea in the human mind into the annals of recorded history. Often aligned quite closely with spiritual or religious beliefs, the ability of certain privileged persons in the community to heal through bodily contact or close proximity is repeated in culture after culture. Faith healing in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, te-ate in ancient Japan, pranic healing in India, shamanistic rituals in tribal societies across the globe, the royal touch in medieval Europe; all hold as their central belief the tenet that mere physical contact between two human beings can effectively cure disease, heal wounds, and remove infirmities. These beliefs receded to mystical obscurity in Western culture during the Industrial Revolution and the following Scientific Revolution, during which the current drug and surgery based paradigm of Western medical science was firmly established. This paradigm ruled until the New Age movements in the 60’s sought a return to older, less artificial means of healing.
In recent years the tension between Western medical science and so called “holistic” or “traditional” medicines and therapies has been increasing to a fevered pitch, as demand for these services forces hospitals to include theraputic touch or else lose patients to competitors. These treatments have unfortunately been viewed by many members of the Western medical community as competitive treatment modalities rather than supplementary techniques. These feelings of competition combine with a frustration about the lack of accepted experimental data concerning the manner in which these techniques work to invoke a great hostility in many doctors and medical practitioners. Despite determined opposition by the established medical community, these practices persist, and are slowly gaining converts in the hospital, especially among nurses. In 1994, the U.S. National Institute of Health awarded a research grant to study Therapeutic Touch.
There are a number of therapeutic touch systems in use today; the most popular are Dolores Krieger’s Therapeutic Touch, Reiki and Pranic Healing. The differences between these schools are primarily in the realm of terminology; the theoretical mechanisms by which the systems work and the supposed benefits of these systems remain essentially identical. The use of therapeutic touch presupposes a belief in “life energy,” which is interpreted variously as spirit, soul, yin/yang, electricity, magnetism, or Einstein’s energy based universe theories. According to this system, all living beings produce life energy, and the combined total of the overlapping energy fields in an area creates an environmental life energy field in which we live, which is in turn a part of the limitless energies of the universe. Ideally, life energy is produced in the living and flows freely to and from the environment. However, this state is only maintained when an individual is at unity with itself. If desires are being repressed, rejected, fought, or frustrated, the individual falls out of harmony with his environment, either absorbing too much energy or releasing too much. Equally damaging, irregularities may develop in the individual’s field which channel too much energy to one part of the body at the expense of others. The damaged energy field reflects its ailments in the physical body as “dis-ease,” which is not the bacterial/viral/syndrome version of disease connoted by popular usage, but instead simply a state of imbalance that impairs the natural, proper functioning of the organism. Generally, this results in the weakening of the immune system, a slowing down of the healing process, the appearance of various psychological disorders, and an across the board decline in faculties.
Boiling Water with Your Hand
Quigong Master boils water and heals with the power of his hands!
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Touch for Health System
The Touch for Health System techniques that have been designed to be simple, easy and effective. Their simplicity is deceptive as the results are often profound. They may be used by anyone without any prior learning or health care experience. Clinitions and practitioners use them with great benefit to their patients or clients, and many families enjoy them at home. These techniques have been tried by at least a million people throughout the world and are found to be consistently effective, in subtle or dramatic ways.
In the Touch for Health System, they integrate 7 different types of Touch Reflexes
to facilitate and balance muscle function, postural alignment and energy flow.
This page illustrates all of the Neurolymphatic Massage points, which are stimulated
with firm pressure, either as a general energizer, or individually in relation to specific muscles and energy circuits.
QiJong Touching Points
Jesse Tsao, internationally known Tai Chi master, Qigong therapist, and alternative medicine and wellness consultant, is the founder of Tai Chi Healthways. He is specialized in the areas of self-healing, preventive therapies, stress management and mind-body wellness. Born and trained in China, he has been practicing Tai Chi for over 38 years, including 10 years of intensive study with world renowned grand master Li Deyin in Beijing, China. He was the gold medallist in the Beijing Collegiate Wushu Competition in 1980. To learn more about QiJong, go to http://www.taichihealthways.com/about.htm.
The video below shows the QiJong 36 touching points; enjoy!
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What is acupressure?
Acupressure is an ancient healing art using the fingers to gradually press key healing points, which stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. Acupressure was developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago. Using the power and sensitivity of the hand, Acupressure Therapy is effective in the relief of stress-related ailments, and is ideal for self-treatment and preventive health care for boosting the immune system. Acupressure releases tension, increases circulation, reduces pain, and develops spirituality and vibrant health.
Bio-TouchTM is a simple, hands-on healing technique that can be used to address all types of health concerns. Practitioners use the first two fingers of both hands to lightly touch specific points on the body. Over time the combination of correct points and light touch seems to enhance the body’s natural healing ability.
The touch healing technique now called Bio-TouchTM was first developed in the early 1970’s by a mining engineer Named Norman Cochran. A friend of his was facing a medical emergency and Norman offered to help by touching. That day the points he touched came to him spontaneously, as they would over the next few years, until the seventeen simple sets of points that now comprise the Bio-Touch system were developed. Since then, no points have been added and no explanations for their origin or effectiveness have been adopted.
In the beginning, Norman believed that he was the only one who could be effective with the points. But eventually, so many people came to him that he had to show someone else and that person was just as effective as Norman was. In that moment, Bio-Touch became a gift for all of humanity. Over the years Norman and his wife Carole continued to offer the touch out of their home in Mancos, Colorado, refusing payment, and teaching anyone interested in learning.
Still, Norman was not able to teach very many people. All that changed when Paul Bucky met Norman in the late 1980’s. Paul first found Norman to get help for back pain. When he first met Norman, he was struck was the complete lack of pretense surrounding this simple healing technique. Norman and Carole smoked cigarettes and drank coffee from morning to night, ate no special diet, and were comparatively conservative in their personal philosophies. They were simple people who wanted to help people. Paul became committed to getting the technique out to as many people as possible. Together they named the technique and created the first educational foundation.
Since then, the International Foundation of Bio-Magnetics, led by Paul Bucky and an all-volunteer staff, have operated Centers in Honolulu, Hawaii and Tucson, Arizona and support a growing network of independent practitioners worldwide. All Bio-Touch sessions offered at IFBM Centers are free of charge and supported by tax-deductible donations, membership dues, class fees, and sales of Bio-Touch Manual & DVD Sets. Classes are offered at Centers and out of town at minimal cost with scholarships available.
The video below shows the beginning phase of the Bio-Touch TM treatment; enjoy!
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If you wish to know more about Bio-TouchTM, please visit their website at http://www.justtouch.com
The list goes on, but we hope this stimulated your appreciation for The Healing Touch of Life.