All participants on the recent chair course in Madrid showed great interest in all aspects of the weekend and worked hard over the two days of intensive learning. The mid-day meal on the Saturday was pasta for which we made a large bowl of “Pesto” salsa. From all the encouraging and enthusiastic comments we received about the course and the weekend Pesto seemed to clearly stand out and all wanted to know our recipe for it. So here it is:
Ingredients:- (Serves two people)
_ +/- 20 g. of chopped fresh basil (small packets provided in supermarkets)
_ 2 heaped tablespoons of pine nuts
_ 2 heaped tablespoons of finely grated cheese (“grana padano” or “parmesan”)
_ Extra virgin olive oil
_ 1 medium clove of garlic
_ ½ teaspoon sea salt
Put all ingredients in a blender, push them down a bit and cover with extra virgin olive oil. Blend all together. Let it stand for at least half an hour before serving.
For larger quantities simply increase proportionately the quantities in the basic recipe. Make it thicker or thinner by increasing or reducing the oil.
The salsa can be kept covered in the fridge for several weeks without deteriorating.
Make and enjoy – Let us know how it turns out for you.
This last weekend we started the first seminar of the chair course in Donosti. We had six enthusiastic participants eager to learn and the time seemed to fly by. On Saturday we did eight hours of intensive work and had three different models of ergonomic chairs to work on. By the end of another six hours on Sunday all participants were able to give and receive the complete sequence and experienced some of its benefits. The weekend provided a great sense of accomplishment for us all. Our congratulations to all participants for their dedicated and hard work and we look forward to the second seminar on the 8th / 9th November when we can fine tune the techniques once the sequence has been learnt and thoroughly practiced.
Our thanks to Aitor for organising and getting the course together. Sorry we didn’t see him on Sunday – the night before he chose a sushi instead of a shiatsu and ended up in hospital with anisakis .We hope he is now fully recovered. Our thanks also to Teresa for her hospitality and making us feel at home.
In spite of our concentrated schedule we were able to have an hour or two to enjoy some early morning views of the beach and promenade and take in a few pinchos on the Sunday evening –great!
We are preparing now for the Chair course in Madrid on 17th/ 18th October. So if any of you out there are interested – there are still places, contact us .
Some of the first chairs ergonomically designed for giving massages were produced in the USA in the mid nineteen eighties. The wooden chair in the above photo is a replica of one of these, alongside a lighter and more modern metal version. Over the succeeding years new and lighter metal models were developed which have proved popular with manual therapists because of their versatility and transportability, why:–
* They are relatively light; can easily be carried around and set up quickly in a small space (needs approx. 2 metres sq.)
* The chair offers maximum support and allows the client to relax completely.
* The back, neck and shoulders, one of the most stressed areas of the body are amply exposed and the therapist can work without obstruction and easily move around the client.
Although there are many forms of manual bodywork that can be done on the chair; for maximum effect and minimum fuss (which allows the client to stay fully clothed), a combination of acupressure and massage techniques applied in a determined and rhythmic manner have been found to be extremely effective in general and particularly so in the work environment for relaxing and reducing stress levels.
This type of bodywork done in the workplace is typically known as”on-site massage” because the therapist takes and sets up the chair at the place of the client but equally it can be done from anywhere else as a relaxation /de-stress treatment aid.
Anybody who effectively learns and applies these techniques will have a marvellous tool at their disposal to help friends and family even if they do not wish to take it further. An ordinary chair or stool can be effectively and comfortably arranged to apply the sequence we teach.
Check out our video on u-tube on the opening page of our website to see a small part of the sequence.
On 26, 27 and 28 June we were at the Symposium of Médicos, Terapeutas y Sanadores in Donosti. We had a stand in the concourse and gave short shiatsu and chair treatments (+/- 15 minutes) on the Saturday and Sunday. We treated over 60 people and received many encouraging comments and a lot of interest in how we give and apply our work.
Among the many comments written, some people described as having felt the following sensations after their treatments:- “liberated, connected, unblocked, like new, aligned, energised, in harmony.
We are delighted and grateful that our short treatments were able to produce these healing sensations and thank all those who commented.
It has been many years since either of us has given so many treatments over extended hours to so many people and we expected some physical reaction in our bodies after the weekend. To our surprise we have suffered no tiredness or stiffness – on the contrary, since the weekend we have felt and still do, energised, agile and open. We see this clearly as a result of the way in which we use and have taught our students to use their bodies when giving a treatment. If we weren’t sure before, we are now.
We met many people and got to know about a variety of effective new and old, alternative / complementary therapies that are helping people every day.
We found it very encouraging to see that a growing number of traditionally trained medical doctors are open to discussing and accepting the validity and effectiveness of alternative / complementary therapies.
Lets all look forward to more Symposiums of this nature and a future where a true fully integrated medicine can be practised.
The more time we spend seated in the office the more sustained is the weight load we put on our hips and buttocks and if in addition, our seated posture is poor we are building up problems for the future.
For the greater part of the day, the heaviest part of our body, the head, arms and trunk are pushing their combined weight onto the lumbar vertebra, hips and sacral bones at the base of the spine. While seated the legs are idle giving virtually no support to the rest of the body – Wham! Congestion, pressure is created on the lower body organs, bones and vertebra and the sacral nerve plexus. – fluid, fuel and waste flow all slow down and/or stagnate in the lumbar/pelvic area, in cells, organs, muscles, blood and lymph vessels.
It is not surprising that one of the most common areas which cause problems in office workers is lower back pain (lumbago) and pain down the leg (sciatica).
Correct sitting posture while working at a desk will distribute the upper body weight evenly down the spine and into the hips and will go a long way to preventing future problems as will daily exercise, working the lower back and hips.
Regular acupressure chair treatments help to loosen up and increase the flow of blood and fluids in the lumbar/sacral area and can reduce these problems.
Throughout the day and night our head (brain) is giving us orders and instructions and our shoulders bear the brunt of the responsibility of the decisions we take. Between the two is our neck, the bridge over or through which all the traffic passes carrying fuel, messages and waste products to the respective parts of our body where it has to be used, processed and/or disposed of. All this moves through a myriad of muscles, tendons, nerve plexuses, blood and lymph vessels and around and through tricky bone structures in the neck.
It is not surprising that these areas particularly tend to get congested with waste toxins, stress and tension. Many of our clients come for us to deal with stress and tension in these areas. Acupressure and shiatsu are very effective in relieving tension aches and pains in head, neck and shoulders.
Have a look at our video on U-Tube showing part of the acupressure sequence on the neck. Try a treatment and you could feel head and shoulders above the rest, at least for the rest of the day.
Our hands and fingers are working more than ever before. I- phones and computers along with all their new applications (Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter…), they all need our hands and fingers to rapidly touch the little keys or the screen so that we can be up to date and in touch with the world around us!!!
Our hands are made up of a multitude of small bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. They all also get tired and stressed but we seldom give them much personal attention. They are now in some people probably one of the most worked areas of our muscular / skeletal system and need a bit of extra attention so they can work efficiently for us for the duration of our lives.
In the acupressure chair massage sequence,( which was originally designed for office workers), we give a robust treatment to the wrist, hands and fingers with friction, pressure, and stretching techniques which help to relax, disperse and release tension.
People regularly comment on how good the work on the hands feels and on the sensation of release they get from it.
Now you know! Get some Happy Hands.
Natural Medicine has always promoted a style of life according to natural laws as the best way to prevent illness.
Natural laws are all based in moderation: adequate food, balance between rest and exercise, mental control. In one word, harmony at all levels.
To achieve harmony we can use a variety of therapies, among them Acupressure and Shiatsu, which work through the energetic Channels and Acupuncture points in order to calm what is in excess and stimulate what is deficient.
Our next Acupressure and Chair Massage starts on 21st of February: here is your chance.
How about, “centre of the goat smell“, which certainly conjures up strange associations especially as the point in question is situated directly between the breasts. We are not quiet sure how it got this name. However this same point in other texts is referred to as “the sea of tranquillity“ or “sea of Qi (energy)” which probable are more apt names for it as it is often used to calm emotional imbalances and aid concentration.
Within the points used in the acupressure massage sequence we teach we don’t stimulate the “centre of the goat smell” so there is no need to worry about releasing any strange odours! The sequence is focused on the back and buttocks, shoulders, head, neck, arms and hands and we work on points with intriguing names such as :-
Sea of vitality, Jumping circle, Shoulder well, Gates of consciousness, One hundred meeting point, Wind mansion, Crooked pond, Palace of anxiety.
These are a few of the many and varied descriptions you can come across for some of the points that we work on. If you have an explorative and enquiring mind it can be fascinating discovering the origins for the various names and if not, then it’s easy to just enjoy the richness of the verbal descriptions and the images they conjure up.