Shiatsu and Qigong as Preventative Care: Balance Chi for Self and Community

by Lauren Johnson

Shiatsu massage

It goes without saying that people need connection. Whether it be through our environment, community, friends or family, being engaged helps us thrive. However, in today’s bustling world, even connection to one’s self has its challenges. Shiatsu is one method that can help us reconnect.

The word “shiatsu” means “finger pressure” and is a specialized form of acupressure that follows meridians and pressure points in the body. It originated in China about 6,000 years ago and works with the energy of the body or chi. “Bringing the energy into balance nurtures the person on the cellular, emotional and spiritual level,” says Shirley Scranta, owner of the International School of Shiatsu, in Pipersville. “It is the integration of all these aspects that help keep a person healthy.”

Scranta explains that during a shiatsu treatment the practitioner takes time to assess the areas in the body where the chi is not flowing and then treats it accordingly. “Moving the chi is done by a combination of stretching, rotating the arms and legs and applying firm pressure,” she says.

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Jeremy Harlow Teaches Radiant Heart Qigong at Greenshire

jeremy harlowGreenshire Arts Consortium will host monthly Radiant Heart Qigong workshops led by Jeremy Harlow, of Dances with Spirit, beginning October 3. Harlow brings his expertise to Greenshire as he teaches mind/body methods of self-development, including qigong, Taiji Quan and body-centered meditation.
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World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day Events

April 25

Sunset Yoga with ReflectionCelebrate with 80 other countries across the world. The goals of the day are to educate the world about the health benefits and use of the modalities in business and in healthcare, provide a global vision of cooperation for health and healing and to pay respects to the culture that brings us T’ai Chi and Qigong.

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APRIL 2015: Nature’s Wisdom, Table of Contents

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Energizing Qi Activation Wellness Conference in Philadelphia

Interview Pt 1 HeaderQigong practitioner Jeff Primack, the founder of Supreme Science Qigong, is leading a seminar, Qi Activation, based upon his experiences and feedback from the 40,000 attendees that have attended any of his previous 65 Qi Revolution seminars. The seminar runs from September 14 to 17 at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

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