An Introduction to ‘Healing Body Meditations’ with Steve Nobel

An Introduction to ‘Healing Body Meditations’ with Steve Nobel

We invite you to discover our audio meditation guides, here to accompany our new Mandala book: Healing Body Meditations.

Recorded by author Steve Nobel, this introduction to the book and accompanying meditations walk you through the chakras and give you guidance on meditation.

Watch the introduction here

Listen to Steve Nobel’s calming voice, sit down, close your eyes and focus on your inner strength. 

Meditations

Connecting with Feelings

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Opening to Wholeness

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Healing body meditations, 30 mandalas to enhance your health and wellbeing.

 I want to talk to you briefly, about the basic principle behind this innovative book of healing meditations, and the transformational power of imagery, of symbols.

 Why are symbols important? Well, as Carl Young pointed out, they emerge from our highest aspirations, and also from our deepest psychic roots.

 Prehistoric cave paintings, remind us, that symbols have been with us since the dawn of civilization. In our modern world, we are constantly surrounded by symbols.

 We do not, however, always grasp, the far-reaching daily effects, symbols and metaphors have on us; their power to influence us has long been known to advertisers, which is my millions have been spent to find the right symbolic messages to shape our buying habits.

 In our complex inner lives, symbolism is an internal language, whereby, our unconscious minds, attempts to communicate meaning to us. Many books have been writing on interpreting dream symbology. What is not so often considered, is that symbolic language is a two-way street. That means, not only our unconscious mind seeks to speak to us, but we can learn to speak back.

 Using symbols, we can help to enrich many aspects of our lives. It can help to enhance our peace of mind, our vitality, and also, help to generate healing, which is, our course, what this book is all about.

 I was introduced to the incredible power of symbols in my early 30s when I began studying different magical systems. I learned the power of meditation, and how to also, use simple rituals and symbols for healing, and personal empowerment.

I learned the focusing on different symbols, had different effects on my psychological state. For instance, it is quite hard to feel depressed or upset while focusing on a symbol such as a field of golden sunflowers, glowing in the midday sun.

Symbols cannot only change our psychological state, they can activate resources deeply held in our conscious mind. One method, that’s quite commonly practised nowadays, is to meditate on the chakras; seeing them as different coloured flowers, opening from the base of the spine to the top of the head. This book has many similar practices that can be employed to access the miraculous healing power of the body.

The 30 healing mandala meditations in this book, have been specially devised to address the meditators relationship with his or her own body, with symptoms such as pain, fatigue, or anxiety.

Meditation is a time honoured way to settle our anxiety and fears. It does this by concentrating our mind upon essentials, the underlying rightness of our being, right now, in the universe.

Meditation helps us physical feel more at ease, and it’s through this sense of peacefulness, that the body starts to heal itself; throwing off the tensions, fatigues, and toxins that have accumulated during everyday life.

Key health benefits have been observed over time, including: stress reduction, improved sleep, lower blood pressure, improved cardiovascular function, and even improved immunity.

 The mandalas in this book are meditation tools to help you enhance your health and wellbeing. Apart from the specific benefits described for many of them, they’re all intended to provide a positive foundation for healing. These mandalas are far from traditional in their imagery, their unusual feature is that they are focused on a particular body part, or system. The idea is to encourage acceptance of the body and all of its processes.

 Often, when we are ill, we shy away from our physical body, and particularly the idea that it’s troubling us. To engage in an accepting relationship with the fact of our illness and all our symptoms, is to take one step towards health.

 One of the principles of this book, is the idea that healing energy, can be summoned by the mind, and directed where needed by the power of the imagination; expressed at it simplest, bringing hopeful feelings on a symptom or body part, can only be beneficial, since hope and positive energy is the opposite of anxiety. Anxiety can only make us feel worse, and can only cause or exacerbate an illness.

 Hope and positive energy, on the other hand, makes us feel stronger; puts us in a better frame of mind to receive the body’s natural healing. Positive energy is also related to power of intention, or the law of attraction, as it’s often called. By visualising a goal, we can increase our change of attaining it.

 If we can visual positive healing and energy, bathing for example, a wound of some kind, we can accelerate the healing.

 Follow your intuitive judgement in selecting any of the mandalas in this book. It may not have any obvious connection with the body part or systems you are concerned about, but there may be something in the imagery that draws you. Always trust your intuition.

– Steve Nobel

An Introduction to The Tui Na Manual

An Introduction to The Tui Na Manual

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Tui Na: Massage To Awaken Body And Mind 

This clear, step-by-step guide introduces Tui Na, a Chinese system of therapy that uses massage and manipulation to relieve pain, release tension and treat common ailments.

Clear illustrations outline the meridian energy channels and qi (life energy) points, while step-by-step photographs demonstrate each technique. Ideal for improving sporting performance, alleviating executive stress or simply invigorating body and mind, Tui Na can be used on friends, family or colleagues, at home or at work, and is suitable for any age, young or old.

A Note From The Author

I discovered Tui Na during my own personal quest for a therapy to relieve crippling pain.

As a child I suffered from a degenerative disease that affected my hip. While living in Indonesia for four years, I discovered the healing powers of deep oriental massage, and trained as a massage therapist. As the years went by, standing and walking even for short distances caused me pain. In 1987, Western medicine could only offer me painkillers and a hip replacement operation.

But instead of going to hospital for surgery, I travelled to China to learn Tui Na. The skilful, patient doctors of traditional medicine gave me the treatment and tuition that I needed and opened a wonderful new chapter in my life.

At that time, few people in the West had heard of Tui Na, although acupuncture and herbal medicine were available. So extraordinary was Tui Na’s effect on me, it became my mission in life to bring it within the reach of everyone in the West. I studied, worked and travelled back to China time and again to learn Tui Na and acupuncture from Chinese doctors in hospitals and clinics in Shanghai, Weihai, Xi’an, Beijing and Jinan.

In response to a growing interest in Tui Na and acupuncture, I established the teaching side of the BODYHARMONICS® Centre, where we run regular training courses. Over the decades, I have trained hundreds of students in Tui Na and acupuncture (www.bodyharmonics.co.uk).

I have treated many people with disabling conditions where other forms of medicine could do little to help and have found that there is a real alternative to living on painkillers or having surgery. Tui Na has changed my life and the lives of many of my patients, and also my students and their patients. I hope that it can do the same for you.

Maria Mercati is an internationally renowned teacher and therapist in Tui Na, Thai massage, acupuncture and Indonesian massage. Having trained extensively throughout Asia, she founded BODYHARMONICS®, an integrated approach to therapy which blends Chinese, Thai and Indonesian treatment methods to promote health and harmony.

Tui Na massage applies pressure to the meridians and specific points on them called ‘qi-points’ or acupressure points. Acupuncturists call them ‘acupoints’. Tui Na affects the flow of qi so that it moves freely, evenly and powerfully around the body. The distribution and intensity of qi within your body have profound effects on all aspects of your well-being – the emotional, intellectual and spiritual, as well as the physical.

Chinese medicine views all disease as caused by weakness, imbalances and blockages in the flow of qi. When your qi-flow is balanced you feel full of energy, stress-free and able to cope with the pressures of daily life. You will be free from stiffness, aches and pains, and so full of vitality that you ‘sparkle’. Hopefully, most of us have experienced this wonderful feeling of well-being at some point in our lives. The secret of Chinese medicine is how to maintain it.

FACTORS AFFECTING QI-FLOW

 

Many physical and emotional factors disturb the flow of qi in the body, and these can be divided into two broad categories: excesses or deficiencies. Excesses, common in the Western lifestyle, include stress, overwork and general overindulgence, while common deficiencies are poor diet, insufficient exercise and lack of sleep. Pressure to cope with deadlines, be successful and achieve status within a peer group can create an imbalance between the output necessary to reach your goals and the input that will restore mind and body. Such an imbalance can lead to overconsumption of sugar-rich foods and stimulants such as coffee or fizzy drinks to enhance the ‘output’. Alcohol, recreational drugs and even too much sex can be substitutes for relaxation.

In the Chinese view, extreme emotions negatively affect organ function and qi balance throughout the body. It’s healthy to experience emotion, but too much excitement can overstimulate the flow of qi, causing feelings of restlessness and insomnia, for example, while holding on to worry, feelings of anger and frustration can lead to depression. These relationships are explained in chapter 2.

All excesses and deficiencies are disruptive to the qi-balancing process. In contrast, good sleep, relaxation, regular exercise, good diet and happy relationships all promote and strengthen the smooth flow of qi.

Although the ideal is to create balance and harmony in every aspect of our lives, this can be extremely difficult to maintain. Tui Na is a powerful way of helping to achieve that balance and harmony.

HEALING POWERS IN PRACTICE

 

Tui Na works holistically to promote qi-flow throughout the body. A practitioner will ask questions about a patient’s health and lifestyle, while observing their physical condition. This will reveal their qi, jing, shen, blood, body fluid and yin/yang status (see pages 16–17) so that appropriate meridians and qi-points can be the focus of the Tui Na treatment.

For musculoskeletal pain, the practitioner palpates the painful areas to identify the most affected meridians and the qi-points that must be used for the treatment. During the massage, feedback from the patient on what feels good, or painful, guides the practitioner to the qi- points and the amount of pressure to use.

 

TUI NA FOR EVERYONE

 

Throughout China, Tui Na is practised from cradle to old age. Babies and younger children do not have fully mature meridian systems, and additional points and techniques have been developed for them. It is a very safe therapy: if pressure is applied in the wrong place, for example, it may not achieve the desired results
but no harm will be done. Massage treatment may not be suitable, however, for people with certain serious health conditions (see page 62 for contraindications).

In this book, wherever a treatment described is contraindicated for certain conditions, it carries a caution note.

Tui Na’s unique techniques that focus on the meridians and specific qi-points make it particularly effective for treating muscle and joint pain resulting from sports injury, wear and tear, arthritis or any other cause. All massage therapies aid relaxation, but, in addition to relaxing the muscles, Tui Na also manipulates qi-flow in the meridians and their qi-points to balance the underlying energetics of the body to achieve healing and regeneration.

 

Tui Na has the power to boost energy where there is qi and blood deficiency, as well as to clear blockages that have caused qi and blood stagnation.

Tui Na is excellent for a variety of ailments and conditions, including stress-related disorders. It also boosts vitality and well-being, which in turn stimulates the immune system and improves general health.

This book shows you useful techniques to help relieve pain and the symptoms of many common ailments. However, it does not replace professional healthcare and you should always consult a qualified practitioner or doctor if symptoms persist.

A TUI NA TREATMENT

 

The massage is best given through cotton clothing to facilitate its effectiveness. Traditional Tui Na techniques do not require the use of oils. The room should be warm. During the massage, the receiver either sits on an upright chair or lies on a massage couch, depending on which part of the body is being treated. Chapter 5, page 82, explains preparing for treatment in more detail.

To be effective, many Tui Na techniques are vigorous and need to be applied with reasonable pressure. If there is a significant problem, they will initially feel slightly uncomfortable or even painful. This discomfort will ease as the massage progresses and more qi and blood are brought to the affected area to remove stagnation. After the treatment, the tissues and muscles should feel relaxed, invigorated and less painful.

Uniquely, Tui Na, with its focus on meridians and qi-points, stimulates the entire musculoskeletal system, while also supporting healthy function of all the internal organs. Since Tui Na rebalances qi-flow, the mind and the emotions will also be affected. In most cases, a Tui Na treatment will leave the recipient feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. The massage can sometimes release blocked emotions, with the effect that the receiver may feel ‘weepy’ or emotional after the treatment. If this should happen, the Chinese way is to acknowledge these emotions, and then to let them go.

This book explains the Chinese view of health and the causes of disease, and shows you how to give a holistic whole-body Tui Na treatment to a partner, as well as techniques for treating common ailments and conditions. Chapter 2 explains the theories of traditional Chinese medicine and how these differ from the Western medical approach.

In Chapter 3, the twelve meridians and their energetic relationships (and the two ‘extraordinary’ ones used in Tui Na) are illustrated and explained, with clear descriptions to enable you to find the qi-points – the points on the meridians where qi can be most easily manipulated.

Chapter 4 concentrates on the basic techniques used in Tui Na massage. It starts with soft tissue techniques: applying either static pressure or pressure with movement to the body tissues, in order to improve qi and blood flow to strengthen the body and remove stagnation. These soft tissue techniques include pulling, pushing, squeezing and kneading. The second part of chapter 4 deals with joint manipulation techniques, which are similar to those used in osteopathy and chiropractice but give the added benefit of regulating qi and blood flow. You will need to familiarize yourself with all the techniques so that you can apply them when they are used in the treatments in chapters 5 and 6.

The whole-body routine presented in chapter 5 provides step-by-step instructions for giving a Tui Na treatment to a partner. The routine starts with treatments on the neck and shoulders, and then works on the arms, back, legs and feet, ending with Tui Na on the trunk and head.

One of the strengths of Tui Na is its application to muscle and joint injury, as described in chapter 6. This chapter also presents treatments for some common ailments and conditions, and Tui Na that is particularly suitable for infants, adolescents and the elderly. There are some techniques and qi-points that you can use effectively on yourself. These are described in a self-massage routine, which, used daily, will increase your energy levels, boost your immune system and promote health and well-being.

This has been an Excerpt from The Tui Na Manual by Maria Mercati.

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ISBN: 978-1-85906-411-5

 

Tui Na: Massage to awaken body and mind

Maria Mercati

This clear, step-by-step guide introduces Tui Na, a Chinese system of therapy that uses massage and manipulation
to relieve pain, release tension and treat common ailments. Clear illustrations outline the meridian energy channels and qi (life energy) points, while step-by-step photographs demonstrate each technique. Ideal for improving sporting performance, alleviating executive stress or simply invigorating body and mind, Tui Na can be used on friends, family or colleagues, at home or at work, and is suitable for any age, young or old.

Price: £14.99
ISBN: 978-1-85906-411-5