Tao (Pronounced Dow Yin Tow,) is a unique blend of Chinese acupressure and western massage techniques. It is an advanced energy massage of the shoulders, neck, ears, face, scalp and face. It is one of the therapies offered on our cancer unit, it works predominately to release stress and tension in these areas, it is helpful in relieving neck and shoulder pain, inducing deep relaxation and relieving problems such as headaches, sinus problems, poor sleep……. The course is open to practitioners who are qualified in anatomy and pathology and a body therapy, this includes those whose only therapy is reflexology. It is an FHT accredited short course. Course programme The five-day course is a combination of theory and practical. No special equipment is required. Substantial hand outs and work book will be provided. Case histories need to be submitted on completion of the course before certificates can be awarded. History of Daoyin Tao Uses and benefits Safety, precautions and contraindications Theory of yin and yang Chinese face reading in health terms Learning acupoints in the contact area and their uses How five elements may support treatment planning Practical work Course dates: New dates for 2020 Saturday March 21st and Sunday March 22nd 2020. Saturday April 18th, Sunday April 19th and Monday April 20th 2020. Course Fee: £480 https://nhsnaturalhealthschool.co.uk/courses-2-2-3/#1521899330537-1fc0f259-4a2c
This treatment was developed in 2000 and has been used to great effect on our cancer unit. It is a wonderfully relaxing massage using a combination of effleurage movements with specific acupressure circling. The contact area is across the shoulders, ears, neck, scalp and face, thus working around all the sensory organs and energetically with the central nervous system, whilst easing neck and shoulder tension.
The theory behind this massage lies in traditional Chinese medicine, so covers yin and yang, five elements and Chinese face reading from a health perspective. It enables the emotional elements behind disease to be explored. For example, the Chinese will say that grief is held in the Lung, anger in the liver, and fear in the kidney.
For this half hour massage there is no need for the patient to remove clothes, so it is a lovely way of receiving a massage where body image may be an issue, or where lines and feeds are in place, making removal of clothes difficult. This massage therapy can be given not only in a clinic, but also on the day unit, on hospital wards and even in an intensive care unit.
In working the meridian system the therapist is able to work the whole body, reaching areas other than the contact zone. Patients have commented that this deeply relaxing and soothing massage is; “one of the best massages I have ever had”. It has been proven to be beneficial with problems of; sleep, headaches, anxiety, watery eyes, shoulder and neck tension, sinusitis and panic attacks, jaw tension, fear, emotional trauma/distress.
Patients are treated in a private treatment room in the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre. Patients will have a one to one consultation with the complementary Therapist and give informed consent before receiving treatment.