HEALING AND BHESAJYA YOGA
The Art of Himalayan Bone Realignment
Shi Yao Lian and Shi Yao Hai, Practitioners Buddha’s Alchemy
July 28, 2017
Shi Yao Hai, Master Healer at Buddha’s Alchemy, is known for the practice of a very rare form of bone realignment. This technique like many of our practices has its origins in the Buddhist yogic mountain tradition of the Himalayas. Shi Yao Hai studied and apprenticed with Master Healer and Teacher Shi Chien Li for 36 years, and learned bone realignment as one of his healing specializations.
What is Bone Realignment?
Bone realignment is a treatment that can be used to remedy displaced bones that are causing pain and dysfunction. There are a number of conditions that are diagnosed in Western medicine as requiring surgeries or medications that are really minor displacements of bones. In these situations, correcting the alignment often relieves the problem within a few sessions. There are some conditions, because of inflammation, that take longer to treat. This is often seen in cases where there is a delay in treatment ie -bone realignment. With prolonged bone displacement, there is increased inflammation and the bones press against each other and on nerve pathways. There can also be soft tissue damage, causing swelling between the bones.
Himalayan bone realignment of the wrist.
Photograph by Dawn Bertram
Who can benefit from bone realignment?
Arthritis and degenerative bone conditions are sometimes diagnosed prematurely, and it is actually bone displacement causing the symptoms. A skilled practitioner of bone realignment can ascertain whether there is displacement, and whether or not realignment is necessary or beneficial. As long as bone degeneration is not significant, reduction or resolution of related pain is dependent upon how much inflammation exists between the bones and surrounding tissues. Bone realignment may reduce the inflammation and pain as circulatory and nerve compression are released, and tissue bruising and swelling are reduced.
Any kind of pain that is sudden, new, not muscular, and located where bones join is likely related to a bone displacement. Many patients come with undiagnosed pain in these circumstances, and treatment is frequently successful, with more chronic inflammation taking longer to resolve. Various types of ailments treated with bone realignment include scoliosis, sports injuries, improper use of body mechanics causing displacements, accidental hyper flexion or hyper extension of bones, traumatic injuries (after we have treated the soft tissue damage), neck and back misalignments, cranial plate misalignment, and small bone adjustments such as those in the hands and feet. Bone realignment can essentially be applied to any bone in the body – large or small.
There are a number of conditions that are diagnosed in Western medicine as requiring surgeries or medications that are really minor displacements of bones. In these situations, correcting the alignment often relieves the problem within a few sessions.
How does Himalayan bone realignment work?
Our form of Himalayan bone realignment does not use forceful snapping or adjustment techniques, or single plane movements. We use several lines of gentle manipulation at the same time. Techniques include acupressure; gentle bone, muscle, and tissue traction; direct and indirect bone pressure; release of tension via tendon ending or motor points; and application of chi and shen energy to move bones.
Bone Realignment of spine.
Photograph by Dawn Bertram
There are three types of acupressure: nerve gate, blood gate, and chi gate. Nerve gate points affect the increasing or decreasing activity of the nerves in the muscles or tendons. Blood gate points or areas increase or decrease the circulation in the specific areas that are targeted. Chi gate points affect the vitality of the tissue and pain levels directly. Acupressure is often used to relax nerve based tension and to cause circulatory changes to the area. The area can either be loosened or tightened up, depending on the technique and desired outcome. Acupressure can also be used to mitigate or relieve pain, and this is especially so with the addition of chi.
Various types of traction are used to indirectly move or create space for the moving of bones. Traction is applied by the fingers of the practitioner to the muscles as a way of indirectly moving the bones. Traction can also be applied directly to the bones to create more space between bones themselves to make movement easier.
Gentle direct bone pressure is applied to a bone that needs to be moved. Indirect pressure involves using one bone to move another bone.
Direct pressure is applied to tendon ending or motor points to cause the tendons and muscles to relax respectively. These points are used to loosen the area and make bone movement easier.
Energy medicine is unique to our healing tradition, and its combination with any of the above techniques is virtually unheard of in other healing methodologies. We use 19 different qualities of chi, each with its own effects on a person’s bio-physiology. For example, balancing chi resets normal stabilizing functions in the tissue to promote healing, and added intensity chi has an anesthetic effect. Shen is regarded as mind strength and powers of concentration. Shen affects biological functions at a higher level by influencing the movements of energy and can only be utilized by an extremely accomplished healer who is familiar with different states of consciousness. Shen is the mind force that via intention and focus, assists in a more gentle and expedient realignment of bones.
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