Everyone on holiday or living on the Cote d’Azur enjoys life. We chose the best living environment on Earth for a good reason: a beautiful sea and nature, a healthy dose of sun and restaurants that only use fresh ingredients. The French Riviera lifestyle is ours for a perfect balance between relaxing and working.
We can take good care of our bodies, but sometimes tension creeps in. External factors can cause an imbalance in the body; in that case, energy no longer flows as before. This is expressed in various physical complaints such as fatigue, poor sleep, insecurity, and painful joints. A re-energising treatment at Brigitte PERY-SAULEUVE in Nice, a seasoned Chinese medicine therapist, can help you restore your balance. After a few seances, you will feel better than ever.
Re-energize your body with acupressure and acupuncture in Nice
Acupressure and acupuncture are part of various Asian bodywork therapies rooted in Chinese medicine traditions. Some of these include medical qigong and Tuina. According to Chinese medical theory, specific points are referred to as acupoints and are located along the body’s meridians. These points are the same as those used for acupuncture. They help move energy and flow through a life force known as Qi.
The 12 major meridians are the connecting points of various organs and networks within the body. They’re designed to help organize the flow of energy throughout the body. The points are said to start at your fingertips and connect to the brain. The theory states that if one of these meridians is out of balance, it can lead to various health conditions. Some complementary and traditional medicine (TCM) types that can help restore balance include acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Although the two methods share many similarities, they also have distinct ways of working.
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture stimulates the balance and flow of Qi energy that is considered essential to health in Traditional Chinese Medicine. When the body is healthy, Qi (pronounced chee) flows smoothly through the meridians that make up a conceptual network of pathways throughout the body. Traditional Chinese medicine is known as acupuncture and acupressure, and these two forms of therapy focus on the body’s Qi, which is considered its life force energy.
According to studies, these two procedures can help improve various health conditions. In modern acupuncture, needles are inserted into various points in the body using a trained and licensed practitioner. This procedure aims to stimulate the body’s energy pathways, called meridians. According to practitioners, over 2,000 acupuncture points in the body are connected to the energy pathways.
Acupuncture can help the body communicate with itself. It’s believed that the body has a natural mechanism to heal and balance itself. Still, various factors such as illness, lifestyle choices, and injury can create imbalance and block its ability to do so.
During the initial session, the patient is evaluated and talked about. Eyes, pulse, and tongue are checked for signs of an imbalance. You will also be asked about bowel movements and mood to determine which organs need to be stimulated.
After the evaluation, you are placed on a massage table. With alcohol swabs, specific areas of the skin are treated. Hair-thin needles are used for the first time. Depending on the person’s condition and the session, the number of needles inserted will vary.
Needles can be placed at various points across the body, but a particular emphasis is on the ears, feet, ankles, and hands. If you are genuinely tensed, using suction cups can also release stress from the body. Suction cups increase the flow of Qi. This practice is believed to help promote better health and balance. You will also receive additional advice suggesting taking supplements or herbs.
What is acupressure?
Thousands of years ago, Chinese people used the same principles of acupuncture to treat various conditions. Although it’s commonly referred to as just acupuncture without needles, it involves the use of pressure. Using various objects such as the fingertips, feet, or elbows, practitioners of this therapy apply pressure to the points along the body’s acupoints. It can also be done through various other methods.
A practical session of this therapy can last for around an hour. Pressure with the hands is placed on blocked energy points of your body while you are on a soft massage table. It’s important to note that this type of therapy can take several sessions to achieve the best results
What is Chi energy?
The concept of chi energy is a vital part of Chinese medicine. It can help explain why some people feel off balance, have brain fog, or have irritability. Chi energy is vital to maintaining a healthy body. It helps us obtain the necessary nutrients and circulation to stay whole. In Chinese medicine, chi was regarded as the “life force” that can sustain one’s vitality.
Doctors of complementary and integrative health have used the ancient art of chi energy to restore a person’s natural state of being. It can also help people achieve a state of zen. Although “chi” and “qi” have been used interchangeably, they can vary depending on the cultural origins of these terms.
According to the American College of Massage and Acupuncture, using the terms interchangeably to refer to both chi and qi energy when helping people restore their balance is essential. While chi refers to the energy that flows through our bodies, qi refers to the “physical or nourishing portion” of our food, water, and air.
Qi is vital to health because it helps regulate energy flow through the body’s meridians. Qi can also affect the movement of blood. Proper blood and qi movement can create a healthy and balanced human being. In Chinese medicine, the concept of qi is regarded as both a component of the body that can be obtained from food and a force that can promote movement.
One of the most important steps people can take to improve their health is to take a break from their busy lives. On the French Riviera, you will find a balanced and regular lifestyle by keeping your body (and mind) strong and flowing with positive energy.