By Kathleen Rushall
‘Asian body therapy’ is a term that applies to several methods of healing. Body therapy can include acupuncture, acupressure, qi gong, tui na, and Thai massage. Each of these methods originated in different areas of Asia (from China and Japan to Thailand), and each utilizes the idea that the spirit, mind and body are intricately connected. Traditional Chinese medicine theory involves the five elements of Earth, Wind, Water, Metal, and Wood and believes that these elements play a role in a person’s health. Along with the five natural elements, there are the 12 primary meridians and eight extraordinary meridians that are thought to be channels of energy constantly running through a person’s body.
Each practice of Asian body therapy works with these channels and elements to maintain and enhance well being. Acupuncture involves placing tiny needles at specific points along the meridians that correspond with a person’s ailments or emotions. Acupressure does the same thing, but replaces the use of needles with the practitioner’s hands. Pressure is placed along the meridian lines by being applied to a person’s knees, hands, elbows, and even fingers. Tui na and Thai massage are two different forms of massage that can provide instant pain relief and relaxation. Tui na in particular, uses specific points of pressure and kneading to alleviate joint pains and tense muscles.
Pacific College of Oriental offers licensure in a variety of Asian body therapy practices at each of its three campuses: San Diego, Chicago, and New York. Pacific College’s Department of Body Therapy offers nearly 50 different courses and seven programs between the different campuses, and has a substantial specialization in Oriental body therapy. Designed specifically for students preparing for a career in the field of body therapy and for health practitioners seeking additional education, these programs are integral for the professional and effective practice of Oriental medicine.
Pacific College’s massage program is closely related to the Oriental medicine programs it also offers. Any massage training program at Pacific College is utilizing the same accredited expertise of Pacific College’s Oriental medicine degree programs. Also, it is possible to complete a massage program concurrently with an Oriental medicine program at Pacific College. At Pacific College, a student can gain his or her Massage License and begin a Massage Therapy practice while finishing up his or her Oriental medicine degree! Patient and widely experienced professionals teach each course at Pacific College, and each practitioner has experience within Chinese and other Asian systems of medicine and body therapy.
Pacific College’s faculty provides unbiased evaluations of the various complementary therapies for individual patient cases, providing the client with the highest quality care. Faculty members have not only years of study but also years of work experience and passion in the specific subjects they teach. The Pacific College San Diego Campus offers a Bachelor of Health Science in Asian Holistic Health and Massage, an Associate of Applied Science, a Massage Certificate, Massage Therapist/ Asian Bodywork Certificate, and a Tui Na Certificate. Pacific College’s New York Campus offers a Bachelor of Professional Studies (Asian Holistic Health and Massage) and an Associate of Occupational Science in Massage Therapies degree. The Chicago campus offers a Bachelor of Health Science, a Massage Therapy/ Asian Bodywork Certificate, Tui Na Certificate, and an Associate of Applied Science (Massage Therapies) degree. Join Pacific College’s student body today to start your own business, gain additional education in Oriental medicine, and help to heal the mind, body, and spirit of your future patients!