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Pain. It manifests in many ways and different forms among populations worldwide. Pain can be acute, or short-lived and respond well to therapeutic intervention; it can be recurring, rearing its ugly head sporadically over time, or it may be chronic, disabling, and need regular care and therapy.
In fact, acute and chronic pain impacts an astonishing number of North Americans, with more than 100 million adults laden with chronic pain alone. Chronic pain can result from older age, injury, stress, or from the musculoskeletal effects of surgery. The persistence of chronic pain is a major reason why so many Canadians turn to natural body therapists in an effort to be free from their symptoms.
Just ask Jeannette, a recent patient of Lawrence Lefcort, RMT, Certified Tao Shiatsu teacher and therapist and founder of the Tao Sangha Healing Centre in Dunham, Quebec. She had been suffering from back and shoulder pain and was looking for a therapist who could help her be free from pain without the use of medications, injections, or other invasive medical procedures. After a personal recommendation from Marie-Claude, a local hairdresser in Dunham, Quebec, Jeannette made her first appointment.
“When I come to Lawrence's clinic, I feel so much better,” says Jeannette. “He's the only one I trust because he helps me to de-stress and unwind.”
What Causes Upper Back and Shoulder Pain?
Many factors may be involved when it comes to upper back and shoulder pain including:
- Recent or older injuries
- Sleeping or working posture
- Repetitive motions
- Wear and tear
- Lack of exercise
Because the parts of our bodies are interconnected, pain in the shoulder can affect the upper back and neck, and vice versa. And left untreated, pain in one part of the body can spread to other areas, as those muscles attempt to compensate for the source of pain.
How Is Tao Shiatsu Effective in Treating Upper Back and Shoulder Pain?
Tao Shiatsu gets to the root of upper back and shoulder pain. Through assisted stretches and pressure point (tsubo) therapy, the therapist can directly access the pain at its deepest level and release it through the energetic pathways of the body known as meridians.
The Tao Shiatsu therapist unifies with the patient to connect deeply to the source of their pain. The therapist utilizes empathetic imagination to sense where the patient most wants and needs to feel pressure. The tsubo (pressure points) in Tao Shiatsu include the whole body, and the whole body is included in the tsubo, resulting in the complete oneness of body, mind, and spirit which activates and strengthens the patient’s innate healing power.
“I had back pain on my left side, and Lawrence helped me a great deal,” says Jeannette. “When I leave here I feel like I'm in a bubble.”
Tao Shiatsu strengthens and improves the circulation of Ki (also known as "Chi") in the body. Ki is the universal life-giving energy that manifests in all creation. Stuck or stagnated energy in the body, the root cause of all pain and disease known as ‘jaki,’ is released, returning the body to its natural state of homeostasis or equilibrium.
After her successful Tao Shiatsu treatments, Jeannette is grateful for feeling better and being pain-free. “I feel light and stress-free,” she says. “And I love coming here because Lawrence is kind-hearted and amiable.”To learn how Tao Shiatsu may be able to help you or someone you care about deal with acute or chronic pain, please contact us or call: 450 295-1470 / 514-278-6513