Guest Blog – Lindy Blissett – Kore Therapist
What is KORE?
KORE – stands for Kinaesthetic Optimum Recovery Enhancement.
KORE is a treatment and process that enables the body to heal itself. Founded by Dr John Brazier an English Physical Therapist who lived and worked in China for a number of years; throughout his time in China he studied and evaluated the Chinese approach to health and wellbeing. Dr Brazier brought techniques to the UK fusing Eastern techniques with Western ideas and branded it KORE; setting up a practice in Lytham St Anne’s.
KORE is effective when your body has a structural imbalance, for example if one leg is longer than the other this may result in hip problems. Structural imbalance can also be the cause of neurological disorganisation such as sciatica.
How does KORE Therapy differ from other Holistic Therapies?
KORE is a full body treatment. The initial consultation is similar in many ways to all treatments. We always record at the start of your treatment, information of any current or previous medical conditions and whether you may be on medication, this way we can ensure that the right treatment is offered.
We begin by using Muscle Testing as the basic approach assessing weakness in the body. Muscle Testing is one practice of Kinesiology: evaluating limb strength when assessing specific areas of the body. For example, a problem in the lower back may identify hamstring weakness. Lower back pain is often related to neck issues, too. The uniqueness of KORE then is to treat the root cause of a condition, which, in this case, the hamstrings and the neck are causing the low back pain. The aim of the treatment would be to strengthen the hamstrings and release tension in the neck.
What can I expect?
When you come for KORE Therapy the treatment protocol would follow a similar format:
Muscle Testing – a calming technique where the client lays on a massage bed and balance and strength of the body is assessed by the therapist.
Tuina (Tweenar) – using the Chinese mobilisation massage technique of pushing and pulling. This opens up the spine; enables better blood flow and allows the therapist to evaluate and loosen tightness and restriction within the spine.
Cupping – is a soothing technique where glass cups are heated with a flame and placed on and around the spine. A vacuum is created. Cupping is regarded as one of the most valuable techniques in improving the health of the physical and mental body. Unlike massage where toxins are removed by pushing into the body, cupping enables gentle and relaxing release by pulling the toxins away. Cupping encourages the movement of the lymphatic’s; draws dampness away; encourages better blood flow and relaxes mind and body. Cupping is great for long-standing issues; if you’ve tried all other techniques and you are still in discomfort then cupping may offer the release.
Reflexology – Foot Reflexology is an integral part of the treatment – the feet reveal the general health and wellbeing of the client. Through manipulation and stimulating acupressure points, the therapist is able to further enhance the body’s ability to heal itself – which after all is the intention of KORE.
Re–patterning – movement of the arms and legs by the therapist allows muscles to be released and relaxed. This controlled movement of the limbs eases tight muscle. This simple and effective approach aids release from repetitive strain injury often caused by work or playing sports such as golf and tennis.
Qi Gong (Chi Gong) – the Chinese are devotees of this technique, There are Qi Gong clinics in China. The technique is similar to Reiki, in many ways. Hands are placed on specific areas such as the knee. Utilising warmth from the therapists hands to improve energy flow around the body.
Amno Fu – a gentle but vigorous abdominal massage, it stimulates the digestive organs. This treatment is great relief for IBS symptoms and very effective for those on a weight-loss programme.
Cranio-Sacral Technique – this calming and gentle approach is perfect for babies and the elderly. Through soft mobilisation and release, tight necks can be freed; migraines are often reduced and feelings of anxiety are encouraged to ease.