BECAUSE is back with Round Two of our Original Point Therapy (“OPT”) workshop! After receiving many positive feedback from the participants who attended our first OPT workshop in 2013, we decided to organize a 2-day workshop on 8th & 22nd March this year. To ensure the quality of participants’ experience from the workshop, participants were limited by-invitation only to have student-trainer ratio of around 5 to 1.
We were fortunate to have Sifu Mr. Khoo again to conduct the OPT sessions and Miss Lily Leong, a senior student of ‘Choje’ posturemedics (derived from Isogai’s Dynamic Therapy) to share the basics of the mechanics of postures, how to correct hip imbalance and a simple program for maintainence of good postures. During the 2nd day, we had Mr. Patrick Chan share and demonstrate to us the posture exercises which had helped heal his lower back injuries. We wish to express our gratitude to them for supporting our program. Last but not least, many thanks to Wendy for providing delicious snacks during the break. The yam cakes were a hit!
This time, an expanded version of the syllabus was presented. Besides OPT, the workshop included an introduction to posture medics based on Isogai Dynamic Therapy and the basics of the human muscular skeletal system.
The rationale for including some basic Isogai Dynamic Therapy theory in this session is that no one method can deal with all illnesses. More often than not, a physical pain in the body may be due to multiple causes. According to our own research, we found that in dealing with pain as an expression of an illness, 3 factors have to be considered:
- Muscular disorder – due to trauma , strain & sprain , overwork or “dampness”
- Skeletal system – loss of natural configuration/curvature of spine ; imbalance of pelvic /hip girdle
- “Cold” symptoms
To deal with problems arising from muscular disorders and “cold” symptoms, one can apply OPT techniques. To deal with problems relating to the skeletal system, one can apply posture medics to correct bad posture, which can lead to the spine being stressed or impinge on nerves and restricting “qi” flow and blood circulation.
The overall treatment principle is straight forward: relief of pain symptoms takes priority, and OPT is among one of the most effective ways to achieve this. To prevent recurrence of the problem, cultivating good posture and doing regular exercise is essential for maintaining good health.
An ethical course was also presented to caution all participants that DIY methods have its limitations. Learners who are not doctors or do not possess qualified medical knowledge should not take these techniques beyond the scope of first aid or health-maintainence skills.