Winning Hands Massage
Controversy is still rampant among Western Allopathic doctors as to whether
it is even a legitimate condition. While legitimacy is more widely accepted
today than a few years ago, it is still possible to encounter Doctors who
consider it a “garbage diagnosis.”
The first thing that needs to be understood about Fibromyalgia is that no
true “clinical” tests exist to determine if someone does or does not have
FMS. Diagnosis is by observation of symptoms and pain patterns.
Specifically, pain must be present in all four quadrants of the body (not
just one or two) and that a minimum of 12 out of 18 specific “diagnostic
points” are tender to the touch. Pain in fewer than four quadrants or
tenderness in fewer than 12 of the points is generally considered negative
Secondly, there is neither a known cause nor a known cure. A variety of
“triggers” that set off “fibro flares” have been identified, but the
underlying cause has not. And triggers vary from person to person.
The four best books I have found on the subject are “Fibromyalgia & Chronic
Myofascial Pain Syndrome – A Survival Manual” by Deven Starlanyl and Mary
Ellen Copeland, “Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue – Acutherapy and Holistic
Approaches” by Sunny Cooper, “Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia &
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Insights from Practitioners and Patients” by Mari
Skelly and Andrea Helm, and “Fibromyalgia & Muscle Pain” by Leon Chaitow.
The third critical thing to understand about FMS is that every single one of
the 18 diagnostic points, without exception, is an acupoint. A key
underlying principle in meridian theory is that if an acupoint is tender to
the touch, it simply means that the associated meridian is energetically out
of balance. And for whatever condition is represented by that imbalance, you
treat by assisting the body to bring itself back into balance. How you
achieve that is a function of your specific training and methodology.
Relating this to FMS and understanding that the 18 diagnostic points cover a
range of meridians (Gall Bladder, Bladder, Large Intestine, Triple Warmer,
Stomach, Spleen, etc), it is highly suggestive that the associated energetic
imbalance with FMS is therefore a systemic imbalance.
One of the reasons we took our first long research road trip in 2004 was
because I had a theory about the relationship between meridian imbalances
and FMS. Unfortunately, I personally knew no one here in Seattle who had FMS
and therefore had no way to test that theory. By the time we returned home
from that first trip, I had been able to work on close to a dozen who did
have FMS, including two who were in the middle of fibro-flares when I saw
them. Without exception, pain levels dropped to zero following a very
specific, very simple, acupressure release pattern. I have since then worked
on several others with the same results.
And when I say simple, I do mean simple. The two key principles I employ in
the routine are to always engage/access two different points simultaneously
(a local and distal point) and to hold for an energetic balance. I work one
side at a time. My local point is GB 20. My upper hand goes there and stays
there throughout the release routine. I never move it. My lower hand then
engages each of the remaining diagnostic points, moving sequentially down
the body as balance is achieved in each point pair.
The only exception I make to holding the eight pairings on each side (GB 20
coupled with the other eight diagnostic points per side) is my very first
pairing on each side. My very first hand position is upper hand on GB 20 and
my lower hand (pads of my fingers flat against the side of the neck) on the
Windows to the Sky points. I don’t worry about precision on the side of the
neck because there are several points involved and three finger pads flat on
the side of the neck will cover all of them at the same time. I started this
way simply because it was part of a general, full body, release pattern that
I had already been using. The general pattern already engaged most of the
FMS points anyway so I would just add the one or two extras along the way if
I were dealing with a case of FMS. I can’t prove it, but someone I was
working with in Santa Fe last year told me that the reason I was getting the
results I was in treating FMS was specifically BECAUSE I was adding the
Windows to the Sky Points. According to her, these specific points are part
of that underlying, systemic imbalance in the first place. Having them go
out of balance is what starts the cascade, domino effect to begin with.
Again, I can’t prove it. All I can go by is observation and my observation
is that this particular release routine seems to be effective.
WINDOWS TO THE SKY POINTS
There are technically nine Windows to the Sky Points, and not all of them
are on or near the neck. They are Large Intestine 18, Lung 3, Conception
Vessel 22, Small Intestine 16, Stomach 9, Bladder 10, Governing Vessel 16,
Pericardium 1, and Small Intestine 17. I never worry about precision
placement of my fingers on the neck because there are a number of points on
the side of the neck in addition to the Windows points. For the most part,
my fingers tend to be about midway along the Sternocleidomastoid muscle.
Just place your fingers flat against the side of the neck between the jaw
line and the collarbone. Let your intention guide you as to exactly where
without worrying about it.
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