WHAT IS ALCHEMY OF TOUCH MASSAGE
Alchemy of Touch is a method of bodywork developed by Tapesh Paradiso. It is designed to elevate massage and bodywork to a new level, using different techniques from the Eastern and Western world into a single harmonized approach. The origin comes from Osho Rebalancing Massage where Tapesh retouched and improved this professional technique into a less static, more artistic and poetic way, working without any effort!
One of the most important aspects of Alchemy of Touch is the holistic understanding of the interconnectedness of the body, mind and soul. Releasing tension will open subtle energy channels or meridians through which the qi or life force flows—restoring the body and mind to a state of balance, harmony and relaxation.
Alchemy of Touch Massage is the profound fusion off:
Rebalancing, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Chi-Release, Joint Mobilization (Trager Technique), Yoga Thai Stretches, Digital Pressure Massage, Holistic Massage, Visceral Work, Meditation and Energy Work. These techniques will be integrated with Tapesh his own innovative method; ‘Fluid Touch’. This technique uses wavelike movements, which allows energy to vibrate through the body improving fluidity and oxygen flow.
The Alchemy of Touch Massage Method requires and follows both a scientific and artistic approach. Science provides the basis through knowledge of anatomy, our circulatory and nervous systems and how these systems interact with our environment. On the artistic side the importance of touch is fundamental! This is expressed in the subtlety of an innumerable number of manual techniques of moving joints, freeing the skull bones, stretching ligaments, stimulating circulation, and effecting reflexes. Those who know how to develop the intuitive ability in the art of touch have a special gift of nature beyond what is learned.
Fluid Touch naturally relaxes, rejuvenates, restores and refreshes.
Moreover, the breath becomes naturally wider and free, which increases the flow of oxygen in each cell, helping the regeneration and promoting an overall sense of wellbeing and healing.
What is Fasia
Most people assume that it’s our muscles and bones that hold our body upright. When in reality, this is accomplished by the fascia, imagine the fascial system to the ropes of a tent. The center poles of the tent are our bones, the canvas of the tent is our muscles and the tension of the ropes (our fascial system) is what gives the tent its structure. The fascia is a three dimensional web of tough connective tissue that permeates every corner of our body, from head to toe. This tissue surrounds and infuses every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel and organ, all the way down to the cellular level. Myofascial simply refers to the fascial system and how it relates to skeletal muscle, ‘myo’ meaning muscle and ‘fascial’ connective tissue.
Fascial restrictions are extremely common, and can develop due to trauma, poor posture, inflammatory responses, surgery or stress on the body. These restrictions can limit range of motion significantly, bringing our bodies out of normal alignment and causing pain in various ways. These areas of restriction exert a crushing pressure of up to two thousand pounds per square inch. Basically they can create a great disturbance in our body’s natural harmony! Think of myofascia like a spider web. If one part of the web is broken or damaged, the web doesn’t fall down. Instead, strain and tension has to be distributed across the web differently to account for the weakened section. In other words, other parts of the web pick up the slack of the weakened section, which causes pain and restriction.
Close up of Fascia
Close up of Fascia
Fluid in the Fascia
Close up of Fascia attachment
Fascinating Fascial Structures
The Fascial Web
What is Myofascial Chi-Release
Most massages specifically focus on muscles. They seek to loosen and relax muscles by applying pressure to them and gently manipulating them. The Alchemy of Touch Myofascial Chi-Release Massage Method does this too, but takes it one step further. It operates on the principle that you can unlock stored stress and tension in the body, releasing and opening up the energy channels to restore the balance in body-mind! Like a network of rivers nourishing a landscape, the opened channels through which Chi flows will nourish and energize your entire being!
Myofascial Chi-Release is a hands-on technique that facilitates a stretch into restricted fascia. A sustained pressure is applied into the restricted tissue barrier: after 90-120 seconds the tissue will undergo histological length changes allowing the first release to be felt. The therapist follows the release into a new tissue barrier and holds. After a few releases the tissue will become softer and more pliable. The restoration of length and health to the myofascial tissue will take the pressure off the pain sensitive structures such as nerves and blood vessels, as well as restoring alignment and mobility to the joints naturally restoring chi energy and balance.
This form of massage is reported to have far reaching benefits!
Chi energy flow in our body
What is Chi? Chi is your life force, and it determines your energy level. Chi travels and circulates through the channels of our bodies, similar to the way water flows in a riverbed. When your Chi is weak, it stagnates in these channels instead of powerfully flowing. Due to life’s circumstance and as you age, you may feel as though you no longer have the energy that you once had. When water meets a small rock, it will flow around it, when it meets a huge rock on its course it will stagnate. In our daily lives we get tensed all the time for many different reasons, our lives are full of stress; this fills our inner rivers with huge rocks. It is fundamental to remove the rocks and activate your chi, your life-force energy, to improve health, reduce stress and reverse the effects of sickness or ageing.
A continuous and steady Chi energy flow in our body is the key to health and well being!
Rebalancing® was developed in the late seventies in the Osho Commune in Pune, India. Many therapists from different backgrounds (Rolfing, Neo Reichian Bodywork, Tragering, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, etc) were at that time ready for a new holistic approach to bodywork. Under Osho’s guidance and personal feedback Rebalancing® was born. It was a meeting of Western scientific methodology combined with Eastern meditative practice. The new orientation in this concept was that the therapist and the client both can benefit from a session, when presence, meditation and body awareness are integrated parts. That’s why the two aspects of technique and meditation have the same value in Rebalancing.