Therapies are a combination of Shiatsu, moxibustion, teishin, and guided Sotai (see the description under the Movement column), applied as needed. This is a clothed therapy, performed on a somatic table. Please wear yoga-type clothes for ease of positioning and stretching. Make space in your schedule to relax and enjoy the flow of Ki after the therapy.
Pressure is applied along the Meridians of the body to balance Ki (Vital Energy) and encourage its flow. Stretches are also performed. At the end of a therapy clients typically report feeling free of pain, “open," relaxed, energized, and “at peace.”
Moxibustion therapy is the burning of the herb mugwort over acupoints. Doing so injects Heat and Ki into the acupoints, surrounding areas and associated meridians, encouraging shifts in Ki, enhancing blood flow, increasing white and red blood cell production, and stimulating healing. There are two types of moxibustion therapy, indirect and direct. Indirect involves burning the herb above the skin, while direct involves burning the herb on the skin. Indirect is not as powerful as direct, but conventional direct can result in blistering and scarring. I practice direct, but in an unconventional way that does not result in such trauma. I learned this special method from Junji Mizutani, and it’s a most beautiful art.
A teishin is a metal tool designed for stimulating acupoints. Think of it as non-insertive acupuncture. I use a teishin for acupoint therapy when the focus of a shorter session has been on Kampo diagnosis and there is time left for bodywork.
Having options is wonderful, and I give you options to fit your schedule, budget and goals. The standard therapy is 60 minutes, and is the best way to start. 30 minutes is appropriate for some follow up therapies, when time and cost are issues and a higher frequency is desired, for children, who respond wonderfully to Shiatsu, for therapies focusing on moxibustion or Kampo diagnosis, and for health consultations. Finally, if you really want to go “deep," 90 minutes is for you.
30 minutes, $45
60 minutes, $90
90 minutes, $135
Package of 3 60-minute therapies, $240, for those visiting weekly, or, at minimum, every other week, to make frequent treatment more affordable.
Your location, standard therapy charge plus $30 plus $1 per mile roundtrip from the clinic.
Please note that there is a cancelation fee of 1/2 the charge for the scheduled therapy when less than 24 hours notice is given.
Stagnation causes pain, and eventually leads to dysfunction and disease. While bodywork and Kampo help to get things flowing again, movement is the consistent "go to" at home. Daily exercise, done mindfully, is a great force in keeping you healthy.
Meridian Exercises, arising from Zen Shiatsu and also known as Meridian Stretches, Makko Ho or Zen Imagery Exercises, are yoga-like exercises that open the body and encourage the flow of Ki. There are 52 exercises in total, but I’ve found it sufficient for most clients to learn a basic set of ten, with profound results coming from daily practice.
Sotai is a system of exercise developed by Keizo Hashimoto, a Western-trained Japanese medical doctor well-versed in traditional Japanese medicine. Sotai exercises move you away from pain and into alignment. The movements are very effective in addressing joint injuries and the pain and disfunction arising from improper bodily alignments.
The Five Tibetans, also known as the Five Tibetan Rites, is a set of five active yoga exercises that stretch and strengthen your muscles, provide cardiovascular conditioning, and open the Chakras. This set is for those with little strength training experience or for those looking for a quick exercise routine to fit into their day.
Two moves of Kigong (Qigong), Lifting the Sky and Carrying the Moon, both from the Shaolin Eighteen Lohan Hands set, help you become sensitive to your Ki, grow it, and make it flow. Very healing.
JudoFit© exercises are calisthenics used by Judoka to get into shape for their sport. There are a multitude of these. If your current workout feels stale, I can help you put together a new fitness routine.
Pricing for One-on-One Training in Movement
60 minutes of personal instruction, $90. The Meridian Stretches, Self-Sotai, Five Tibetans and Kigong sets each take one hour to learn and approximately 10 minutes to perform after learning. JudoFit©exercises vary according to your needs.
In addition to movement, stillness.
Pricing for One-on-One Training in Meditation
60 minutes of personal instruction, $90. Learn to meditate, focusing on your breath, while standing, sitting, walking and lying down. Emphasis is placed on proper posture and energetics, avoiding physical pain. Much discourse on spiritual, mental and emotional processes, and the wonders of observation.
In addition to providing continuing education to professionals, I run workshops for the public. Please see my Facebook events listing for the currently scheduled workshops, plus "Like” my Facebook page and sign up for my newsletter for announcements of the workshops!
Please note that there is cancelation fee of 1/2 the charge for the scheduled one-on-one instruction when less than 24 hours notice is given.
Japanese herbal medicine (Kampo) has a rich history of over 2,500 years. The formulas have had great empirical success and have been proven through Western research to be highly effective in addressing specific diseases. Granules are combined with hot water and drunk as a tea three times per day until symptoms are alleviated. When illness is stubborn and deep rooted, Kampo, in combination with bodywork, is often the answer.
Pricing is $25 for a one-week supply of packets, or $30 for two weeks a bottle. I carry high quality granules manufactured under strict medical manufacturing processes.
Precise diagnosis and safety are my focus. Assessment occurs during a bodywork session. See the Bodywork column for session pricing.
A 30 minute videoconference session, using FaceTime, LINE or Zoom, for $45. During the session I perform an assessment, counsel you on Base4Health©, and coach you through appropriate self-therapy and/or arrive at a prescription for herbs. Base4Health© is nutrition, exercise, sleep and meditation. The self-therapies include self-acupressure, self-moxibustion and Meridian stretches. After the session, I send a summary email and, if prescribed, invoice for and ensure delivery of herbs.
Here's the process to initiate the session:
• Go to my online store and pay for a 30 minute TeleHealth session.
• Text me at (602) 770-4331 to schedule an appointment. We will decide on a time, and whether we'll use FaceTime, LINE or Zoom.
• To start the appointment I will either call you with FaceTime or LINE, or you will join my meeting in Zoom.
During the session:
• I will perform an assessment through observation, listening and questioning.
• I will counsel you on Base4Health©.
• I will coach you through self-acupressure, self-moxibustion, Meridian stretching, meditation and/or arrive at a prescription for herbs.
After the session:
• I will email a summary of the session.
• If prescribed, I will invoice for and ensure delivery of herbs. If you are within approximately 10 miles of the office, I will either deliver the herbs to you or you can stop by the office at an arranged time to pick them up. If you are further than that from the office, you can either stop by the office at an arranged time to pick them up, or I can have the herbs drop-shipped to your location. If I don't have the herbs in stock or the herbs are being drop-shipped, it will take a few days for the herbs to arrive. When picking up at the office, we will use appropriate "physical distancing" in this time of COVID-19.
While in-person appointments are wonderful, sometimes they're not possible. In case of the latter, TeleHealth sessions can be very satisfying and effective. Give it a try!
PATIENT ADVISORY TO CONSULT A PHYSICIAN: East Asian Medicine, when practiced by a qualified individual, has a great deal to offer as a comprehensive healthcare system in its own right. However, it should not be considered an exclusive alternative to orthodox medical treatment and rather should be used as a complement to standard healthcare practices. As such, my treatments should not be viewed in any way as replacements for advice or treatment offered by a biomedical doctor. You are therefore advised that you should consult a physician regarding any condition or conditions for which you are seeking my advice and treatment. By paying for a session, you as the patient affirm that you have been advised as such by Brian Skow, M.S., AOBTA®-CP, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM)®.