Alternative Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Asian Bodywork Connection

qua·le – [kwah-lee, kwey-lee] –noun, plural -li·a [-lee-uh] Philosophy. A sense-datum or feeling having a distinctive quality.

How can anyone adequately describe an experience of a personal nature unless the persons you’re speaking to have an adequate frame of reference with which to relate such an experience?

The symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are a result of a traumatic experience as unique to any individual as the experience itself. Can any drugs or therapies “cure” someone of an experience?

PTSD cannot be categorized as specifically emotional or psychological. The nature of this imbalance is emotional, psychological and pathological. “Pathological” meaning changes occurring in the tissues or organs. Anyone can be susceptible to long term effects resulting from a traumatic experience. Even an infant can suffer a lifetime of physical and psychological effects caused by a single frightening event.

From the aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine, pathological changes resulting in illness are due to imbalances in the collective function of the internal organs. These imbalances may manifest as any combination of emotional, psychological or physical ailments which vary from person to person according to their constitution (a conglomerate of inherent strengths and weaknesses).

According to Chinese Medicine the heart acts as an “Emperor” in a manner of speaking. The heart is responsible for coordinating the functions of all other internal organs (Ministers) and has a profound influence over the conscious and subconscious mind. Each organ has a unique association with specific emotions and bodily functions in addition to a distinct and balanced correlation with various facets contributory to the integrative aspects of a complete and healthy mind.

When one experiences sudden fright, the energy (Qi) allocated to the heart scatters. The resulting feeling of energy trying to return to the heart can best be described as a tingling sensation in the chest. Depending on one’s constitution (inherent strengths or weaknesses) the full amount of scattered energy may not return to the heart. As a result, the Emperor loses the ability to appropriately dictate to the Ministers. Hence, a Dominant Minister, as dictated by one’s constitution, will struggle to subjugate the other organs until the organ becomes depleted. The resulting turmoil as another Dominant Minister struggles to gain control perpetuates a continuous cycle of imbalance affecting all-inclusive aspects of the body. The resulting emotional changes vary to include overwhelming fear, anger, worry, sorrow and confusion. Continuous emotional and psychological turmoil often give rise to physical ailments such as heart problems, digestive disorders, skin disorders, migraines, immune system problems- even cancer.

The organs depicted in the diagram are Yin organs. Each has a mutually paired Yang organ directly influenced by any internal imbalances. Each organ pair has a distinctly related emotion.

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Heart         Small Intestine  (Joy)
Spleen           Stomach     (Worry)
Lung     Large Intestine (Sorrow)
Kidney                Bladder     (Fear)
Liver         Gall Bladder    (Anger)

Improvements to health conditions can be made by positively influencing emotional, psychological or physical aspects of the body. However, since one cannot directly touch the emotions or mind, the physical body is a sensible area to begin therapy.

Asian Bodywork Therapy can help safely restore proper order to the imbalances associated with PTSD and substantially compliments all other therapies. Any effective treatment plan should vary according to each individual’s specific needs at any given time. Chinese Medicine concedes that the body is constantly changing in accordance with outside stimuli. As such, an Asian Bodywork treatment will be different every time.

The definition of Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) as defined by the AOBTA (American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia) is…

“…the treatment of the human body/mind/spirit, including the electromagnetic or energetic field which surrounds, infuses and brings that body to life, by using pressure and/or manipulation. Asian Bodywork is based upon Chinese Medical principles for assessing and evaluating the body’s energetic system. It uses traditional Asian techniques and treatment strategies to primarily affect and balance the energetic system for the purpose of treating the human body, emotions, mind, energy field and spirit for the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health.”

Advantages of ABT:

  • No drugs
  • Non invasive
  • Cost effective
  • Individualized therapy
  • Accurate holistic assessment/ therapy
  • Safe adjunct therapy
  • Self-help inclusive
  • Alleviates related ailments
  • No negative side-effects

* Logical comparisons cannot be made between Western medicine and Chinese medicine diagnoses and therapies. Terminology cannot be adequately equated and basic foundational theories are radically different.

Health Problems Caused By Poorly Fitting Bras

                          

  • Fibromyalgia symptoms
  • Circulation problems
  • Digestive problems
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain
  • Migraines

In the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine I find it abundantly necessary to examine and manipulate the muscles and tissues of the back and other areas of the torso in order to establish good blood and Qi flow from the top of the body to the bottom. Time after time I encounter blockages of blood and Qi in the upper torso; often in the same places. For some time now I have been postulating about contributing factors to the location of these blockages and came up with one distinctly common factor… poorly fitting bras.

I have consulted with experts in fashion and women’s undergarments and found that the most beneficial information comes from sales associates at Soma Intimates.

  • More than 60% of women are wearing a bra that is of the incorrect size.
  • As many as 80% of women who wear bras are wearing them incorrectly or improperly adjusted.
  • Most women have never been properly measured or fitted for a bra.

After being educated by a Soma Intimates sales associate as to the attributes of a quality product, I asked myself why anyone would consider buying anything else. A properly fitting bra is just as important to health and well-being as having properly fitting shoes. By wearing improperly fitted garments and accessories you run the risk of injuring your body. Without the knowledge of proper fitting you may find yourself pondering the reasons for various aches, pains and, in some cases, disfigurement.

Upon close inspection I found that Soma Intimates bras differ from the run-of the-mill bra in almost every way; fit, fashion, construction, and materials being the key differences.

Whether you have any of the above mentioned health conditions or not, it is still beneficial to be properly fitted and educated by a professional.

This is important enough for health reasons that I refer all my clients to Soma Intimates for free custom fittings. Their experienced sales representatives will see that you are properly measured and fitted regardless of whether you decide to purchase their products or not.  Drop into a local store, call to make an appointment or contact online. I think you’ll be amazed at what you may learn about your undies.