I am always astounded by the amount of massage therapists that do not address the sternocleidomastoid, known as SCM for short, muscle in the neck. The SCM is one of the largest and most superficial cervical muscles and it divides the neck into anatomical anterior and posterior triangles. Responsible for flexing and rotating the head, it is named by the anatomical origin and insertion points, being Sterno- (refers to the sternum), Cleido- (the clavicle, or collarbone), and -Mastoid (the mastoid process, a bony knob behind the ear).
When this muscle is really tight and produces "active" trigger points, which are irritable localized spots of exquisite tenderness that refer pain, the SCM can cause moderate symptoms. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, ear pain, postural imbalance, jaw and sinus pain, teeth hypersensitivity, stiff neck, chronic cough, and sore throat.
What if we had a map to our psyche that helped us guide our feelings and emotions? Taoist philosophy has one such map, as used in acupressure theory, consisting of five inner lands called Shen, I', P'o, Chih and Hun. These five aspects of the psyche represent how we interact with our lives. Each inner land corresponds to particular meridians, organs, body fluids, and certain body parts or tissues and is influenced by certain acupuncture points (acupoints). These acupoints release physical or emotional tension and help us connect to our innate self.
Originating in China in 1978, TDP, or “Tèdìng diàncíbō pǔ” (特定电磁波谱), Lamps or “special electromagnetic spectrum” lamps first developed as a result of studies conducted on the workers that worked in a rural black clay plant. Researchers were surprised to note that despite treacherous work conditions, the employees remained healthy and rarely fell sick. The scientists discovered the clay contained 33 minerals that happen to correspond with 33 essential minerals in the human body. They also discovered that the far infrared light emitted by the kiln contained special healing properties when combined with the unique mineral composition of the clay. When this mineral rich clay is sufficiently heated, it radiates far-infrared energy exactly like the human body.
As a practitioner working in the field of Specific Injury since 2010, certain therapeutic massage techniques have been found to help speed the process of recovery. Acute injury is a sudden, sharp, traumatic injury that causes pain, such as a fall, strain, sprain or collision. When the body experiences an acute injury, there is an acute period of healing, generally lasting 48-72 hours, which typically involves pain and inflammation.
The four cardinal signs of inflammation are known as redness, swelling, local heat, and swelling. During this time, massage would be contraindicated as an effective technique while the body's own immune response is stimulated and begins its job of healing.
Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water Elements are each associated with a particular season, climatic condition, Zang (Yin organ) and partner Fu (Yang organ), color, taste, synergic feeling and extreme emotion in Five Element Theory. The Five Element Theory believes that the seasons and climatic conditions influence the related organs and their corresponding meridians. Interesting to note, strong likes or dislikes of a season, color, taste or emotion suggest imbalance in the related organ meridians. The element associated with Autumn is Metal. "Autumn is the time of harvesting, a reaping of the fruits of the rest of the year, a time to prepare for protection from the winter." Leaves change into vibrant colors and fall to the earth, symbolizing a cycle within ourselves when we begin to conserve and store nourishment within our bodies, approaching our own "harvest, perfection, and completion."
"The three months of Fall are called the period of tranquility of one's conduct; soul and spirit should be gathered together in order to make the
breath of Fall tranquil;
all of this is the method for the protection of one's harvest."
Elements, seasons, colors, emotions, times of day, cardinal directions, tastes, orifices, sense organs, sounds, smells, and dreams are all congruencies of the Five Elements relating to personal health according to Chinese Medicine. Based on observations of the natural world, ancient Chinese people recognized continuous patterns of transformation and change in the universe. The five elements theory evolved from the study of various processes, functions, and phenomena of nature.
The five element principle developed upon the concept that the Ch'i energy goes through cyclic transformations and health could be based on the harmonious balanced cyclic interaction of these Elements within the body and around us. The Chinese believe that everything in life is concordant with these five Elements.