How We Assess
We take a lot of care to check how every aspect of your health impacts on the symptom you would like addressed. We do this by questioning, looking carefully at your physical structure, and observing how you operate when you go through basic movements like walking. We then carefully palpate the muscles and the limbs, check the abdomen for signs of organ and intestinal health and then assess the blood flow by taking your pulse.
We train to be able to use very strong techniques as well as very gentle techniques so that we can adjust what we do to suit you and the kind of stimulation your body needs. We tend to address problem areas directly (which we might describe as "blood moving work") but will also treat distally and obtain travelling sensations to reach the affected areas. Occasionally we will treat a completely different area on the limbs to draw your body’s nervous system and attention away from the affected area and to alter blood flow as a secondary response.
As with acupuncture, we train to be able to use very strong techniques as well as very gentle techniques so that we can adjust what we do to suit you and the kind of stimulation your body needs.
Much of what we do might seem like regular massage, with or without useful oils and liniments, but we also have ways of opening up joints and lengthening the muscles. We have specialist treatments where we massage the abdominal cavity (much like visceral osteopathy) and also where we mobilise the feet.
Finally "deep qi" treatments are very light, but deeply relaxing hands on sessions which can have a profound effect.
We have a powdered herb pharmacy and we can dispense formulas which are easy to prepare without the need for elaborate boiling. We also have a herbalist for one to one consultations to prescribe tailored prescriptions where required.
We will teach whichever breathing, stretching or strengthening exercises that are appropriate for you.
All YUJI practitioners practice qi gong (or dao yin) daily, but we usually only teach the form that we use to other practitioners. It is not that it is secret, just that it is designed to make our hands warm and sensitive and so it really is only of use to practitioners. We do, however have a morning Qi gong class which we run locally to the clinic which promotes general balance and good health.