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    Tensiology Training Program

    History of Tensiology

    In 1999, I went to visit my brother in Shanghai, who had a terrible back pain. Instead of hospital, he asked me accompany him to a blind massage massage center in Shanghai. After he was situated, I was astonished by this blind, silent man, who oddly worn a pair of sunglasses but seemed to know exactly what bothered my brother. I was so curious that I booked a session. Holy cow! Another blind therapist indeed knew every spot on my back that was sore. My hunch from a decade of neuroscience research told me these blind therapists use touch to discover source of pains, injuries and discomfort in the body without being told. I personally sought out more treatments from many blind massage therapists in China, from expert physicians in hospital to novice sole proprietors; and the results were excellent. After I started up Chi Wellness Longwood Clinic in Boston on the morning of September, 2001, I hired a female massage therapist, Ms. Tang from Hong Kong, who knew little English. She had been blind since birth and was taught by teachers from Beijing. I had opportunity to observe her closely in treating pains, stresses and insomnia. I went back to China in 2004, and studied and worked with teachers at China Blind Massage Center in Beijing (some taught Ms. Tang too). I made a documentary film, the Healing Touch of the Blind (2006), about how blind people study and practice their healing art in China.

    I had read in literature that the visual cortex is engaged in tactile task in blind subjects but not in the sighted and tactile acuity is enhanced in the blind (Goldreich & Kanics, 2003. J. Neurosci 23(8): 3439-3445). I hypothesized that blind massage therapists have heighten tactile sense which allows them to discriminate subtle signs between healthy and pathological issues. I decided to become blind myself by shutting down my own eyesight while working on others. I found my fingers became more sensitive and intelligent in tracking tight or inflamed muscles as well as the painful areas. I discovered all soft-tissues, including muscles, ligaments, organ systems, blood vessels and nerves, could be tense and relaxed by fingers. I coined the word, tensiology in 2006 hoping to develop a new discipline to study the structural and functional properties of hardening soft-tissues in the human beings and their clinical implications. The objective of tensiology is to understand the structural, functional or dysfunctional (pathological) processes underlying the tension and relaxation of soft-tissues. I develop tensiology therapy to relax soft tissue tensions associated with muscle spasm, organ spasm, neuromuscular spasticity and rigidity caused by injuries, inflammation, neurodegeneration or autoimmune process.

    Tensiology Therapy

    A session of Tensiology therapy consists of three steps:

    1. Mapping of tensions. Practitioner uses tactile sense of fingers to detect and map out tensions in soft tissues, including spatial distribution and the depth of tensions.
    1. Relaxation of tensions. Practitioner uses the thumb (sometimes other fingers) to relax tensions layer by layer by back and forth crossings (perpendicular with muscle fibers) or circular motions with rhythmic pressure.
    1. Assessment of relaxation. Practitioner uses tactile sense of fingers to assess the degree of relaxation on each treatment area.

    A session may last one to two hours. Most patient feel sore afterwards (not unlike a good physical workout), and the same time a deep and lasting relief of their symptoms such as pains, spasticity or numbness. As for general well-being, they feel more relaxed physically, mentally and emotionally, warmer in basal body temperature, and better circulation.

    Treatment Program of Tensiology Therapy

    There are two treatment principles when applying Tensiology therapy to chronic conditions:

    1. First, the treatment must be progressively deeper. Over the course of treatment, practitioner should feel the volume of the tight soft tissue getting smaller; and the tension in the deeper layer is tighter than superficial layer. In the deepest layer, tension may feel like a knot.
    2. Second, the treatment must generate sustainable relief of tensions hence their related symptoms such as aches, pains, spasm, rigidity, spasticity, ataxia, generalized anxiety, fatigue, etc. In most of muscular conditions, knots in soft tissues can be eliminated. In neurodegenerative conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, tensions or knots may not be eliminated.


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