Hazen completes continuing education

Hazen completes continuing education Lois Hazen of Massage for Health, Vermillion, has completed 54 hours of continuing education from Dr. Ted Tang, Fargo, ND.

Dr. Tang is the founder of the American Chinese Medicine Association, Chinese herbal expert, medical professor and traditional doctor of Chinese medicine, Shandong Medical University, Shandong, China.

The training has covered acupressure (Chinese medical massage) and Chinese alternative medicine, modern cupping therapy and acupressure and Chinese herbal medicine for women.

Acupressure is a Chinese healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body's life force (Chi) Qi to aid healing.

Acupressure originated in China over 5,000 years ago. It is based on the belief that health is determined by balancing flow of (Chi) Qi. Qi is the vital life energy present in all living organisms. According to acupressure theory, Qi circulates in the body along 14 major energy pathways, called meridians. Each meridian is linked to specific internal organs and organ systems.

What is the difference between acupressure and acupuncture? Acupressure and acupuncture use the same points, follow the same meridians and have the same purpose of healing. Acupuncture uses needles while acupressure uses the gentle but firm pressure of hands.

Acupressure, which is older of the two traditional methods has been proved to be the most effective method for either self-care or clinical use of tension related ailments by using the power and sensitivity of the human hand.

In addition to Chinese acupressure, Hazen has completed 30 hours of continuing education in Japanese massage from Dr. Shogo Mochizuki, Boulder, CO. The training included Japanese hot stone massage and Shiatsu with hot stones. Japanese massage and Shiatsu also follow the 14 major meridians.

Hazen plans to carry the clinical grade Chinese herbs in her office located at 5 Court Street.

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