After only two Tao Shiatsu treatments, Luc’s chronic lower back pain was a thing of the past. 

“I’ve had two treatments with Lawrence, and frankly after my first treatment, it was really, really beneficial,” says Luc. “All the pain I had, particularly in my lower back, completely dissipated.”

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Chronic pain can affect our physical and emotional well-being. Moreover, it can severely limit our ability to engage in routine daily activities, and seriously hinder our quality of life. Chronic pain can impact our mood, our sleep, and our relationships with those around us.

Recent studies have shown that Canadians are living in pain. In fact, almost one in five adults, report living with some form of chronic pain. And the lower back is the most frequently mentioned site of chronic pain

Luc was looking for a way to alleviate his symptoms without the use of medication, injections or other invasive medical procedures. A colleague at work recommended he consult Lawrence Lefcort, RMT, certified Tao Shiatsu teacher and therapist and founder of the Tao Sangha Healing Centre in Dunham, Quebec.

What Is Chronic Low Back Pain?

Lower back discomfort is said to be chronic if it persists for more than three months. It can result from a wide array of factors including injury, work-related repetitive motions, wear and tear, and even from the effect of stress on the body. 

The kind of pain that each individual experiences can vary greatly. As a result, some people may feel pain in their bones, and others may experience the feeling of nerve pain or excruciating muscular discomfort. The feeling of pain can range from a dull ache to tingling, burning, stabbing or sharp sensations, with varying degrees of intensity.

Often it can be difficult to pinpoint the source of one’s pain. In addition, the original condition that triggered the discomfort may have already healed, but the pain lingers on and continues to be a nuisance.

How Does Tao Shiatsu Effectively Treat Pain?

Tao Shiatsu gets to the root of pain and discomfort. Through applied pressure with the fingers, thumbs, and forearms the therapist is able to directly access pain at its deepest point. As a result, Tao Shiatsu brings pain up to the surface and allows it to exit via the energetic pathways of the body known as meridians.

Lawrence Lefcort
Lawrence Lefcort, Tao Shiatsu therapist and teacher

Tao Shiatsu strengthens and improves the circulation of Ki (also known as “Chi”) in the body. Ki is the universal life-giving energy that manifests in all creation. Stuck or stagnated energy in the body is the root cause of all pain and disease known as ‘Jaki.’ Tao Shiatsu releases Jaki, therefore, returning the body to its natural state of homeostasis or equilibrium. 

“I’ve just finished my second treatment,” says Luc. “I’m leaving here feeling like I’ve grown. Tao Shiatsu is really something special.”

The Tao Shiatsu therapist unifies with the patient to connect deeply to the source of their pain. In addition, the therapist utilizes empathetic imagination to sense where the patient most wants and needs to feel pressure. The tsubo (pressure points) in Tao Shiatsu include the whole body. This results in the complete oneness of body, mind, and spirit, which activates and strengthens the patient’s innate healing power.

After two successful Tao Shiatsu treatments, Luc is thankful for being pain-free again. “I didn’t know what Tao Shiatsu was before, but I can honestly say it’s really helpful,” he says. “For me it’s been a really positive experience.”

To learn how Tao Shiatsu may be able to help you or someone you care about deal with chronic pain, please contact us or call: 450 295-1470.