Brian Skow, Shiatsu, Sotai and Kampo Therapist

“I believe everyone has a right to feel strong, flowing, at ease, and free. Unfortunately, there? Brian Skow is a Certified Practitioner of the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA®-CP, 2003-on), a Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Dipl.

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Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Covid-19 – what you need to know about its uses, including the one in Hong Kong’s anti-pandemic kit — South China Morning Post 03/31/2022

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Covid-19 – what you need to know about its uses, including the one in Hong Kong’s anti-pandemic kit — South China Morning Post

A number of different formulas are effective when applied at various stages of infection.

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Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Covid-19 – what you need to know about its uses, including the one in Hong Kong’s anti-pandemic kit — South China Morning Post To increase the used of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Hong Kong’s Covid-19 fight, the city’s government plans to distribute kits containing rapid tests, KN95 masks and TCM formula Lianhua Qingwen to households in April. During the city’s fifth…

03/23/2022

Recent feedback from clients:

"Great treatment! Have not felt this good for ages. Thank you very much."

"The best."

"Thank you for having so much patience with my dad!"

"Just wanted to let you know I’m feeling great! So much more normal."

"Thank you for all your help getting me back to life again!"

I'm very happy to serve.

03/08/2022

The most common pattern I encounter in my practice is Liver and Gallbladder stagnation with Kidney and Urinary Bladder deficiency. The causes include continual planning and decision-making; stress, frustration and anger; too much work with too little rest; and excess consumption of alcohol, sugar and fats. Symptoms include tight neck and shoulders, migraines, upset stomach, low back pain, and sciatica.

The pattern is readily remedied through Shiatsu, Chai Hu (bupleurum) family herbal formulas, and adjustments to lifestyle. Over the winter I provided therapy and counseling to a number of clients suffering from chronic and acute troubles and greatly reduced or completely eliminated them. Care was taken to provide custom therapy, especially in prescription of the appropriate herbal formula.

Have you been struggling? Let's unwind the pattern of causation together.

photo: a Chai Hu family herbal formula and Shiatsu thumb press

Choosing to be Healthy 02/10/2022

Choosing to be Healthy

Choosing to be Healthy "Lifestyle habits can hopefully be viewed in a more positive context than the nagging "shoulds" that we wrestle with daily."

Photos from Brian Skow, Shiatsu, Sotai and Kampo Therapist's post 02/07/2022

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A Wave in the Water 01/24/2022

A Wave in the Water

A Wave in the Water A brief teaching from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

One-Breath Meditation 01/19/2022

One-Breath Meditation

One-Breath Meditation Breathe out just once. By holding a stable attention for one breath, we can become attuned to the quality of a clear mind.

The Aim of Attention 01/11/2022

The Aim of Attention

The Aim of Attention Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche gives instructions in the liberating practice of awareness.

Buddhanature: You’re Perfect As You Are 01/08/2022

Buddhanature: You’re Perfect As You Are

Buddhanature: You’re Perfect As You Are Why feel bad about yourself when you are naturally aware, loving, and wise? Mingyur Rinpoche explains how to see past the temporary stuff and discover your own buddhanature.

01/07/2022

Simple lunch - canned mackerel, brown rice and miso in hot water, grapes, and green tea.

01/07/2022

The set-levels for many variables are not stated here - concentration of viral shedding, distance between the infected and uninfected, rate of air circulation, type of cloth mask, and so forth - but you get the idea!

01/07/2022

cold, pre-dawn light
dark figure darts across the street
me and coyote on the run

- Brian Skow • Scottsdale, AZ • January 7, 2022

The Health Benefits of Green Tea Catechins - Medical Frontiers | NHK WORLD-JAPAN On Demand 01/03/2022

The Health Benefits of Green Tea Catechins - Medical Frontiers | NHK WORLD-JAPAN On Demand

Much research has been done on the benefits of drinking green tea, and here's some of the latest findings. I have green tea daily. How about you?

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The Health Benefits of Green Tea Catechins - Medical Frontiers | NHK WORLD-JAPAN On Demand The Japanese, who lead the world in life expectancy, have a long tradition of drinking green tea. Together with Japanese researchers, we look at green tea catechins' health benefits, one of which is prevention of viral infections. Some studies have shown they are effective against influenza, and res...

Can you run after age 50? These coaches, runners and a physical therapist explain why you should and how to do it safely. — MarketWatch 01/03/2022

Can you run after age 50? These coaches, runners and a physical therapist explain why you should and how to do it safely. — MarketWatch

I've found these tips to be true. Every morning I perform the 10 Basic Meridian Exercises (flexibility), and with the start of the new year I'm on this repeating cycle: day 1 = sprint interval training (speed), day 2 = calisthenics (strength), and day 3 = run (endurance). But, mindfulness is the key - know when to back off and when to fully rest. Plus, take breaks from the program from time-to-time. For me, that occurs when I travel and do some walking, hiking or swimming.

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Can you run after age 50? These coaches, runners and a physical therapist explain why you should and how to do it safely. — MarketWatch Less is more, they say, and recovery is key

01/02/2022

“Breakfast of champions.” Nutrition, another of the keys to health.

01/02/2022

32 degrees at sunrise
grass tips glistening with frost
first run of the new year

- Brian Skow • Scottsdale, AZ • 01/02/2022

Happy New Year! I encourage you to begin it with exercise, which is one of the keys to robust health.

Me? I'll be consistently training throughout 2022 in preparation for competing in masters level 100m, 200m and 400m sprints when I turn 60 in a year and one-half.

You? If you're having trouble getting started, see me! I'll set you up with a 10 minute stretching routine, a 10 minute strengthening routine, and advice to take it from there.

Let's be healthy and fit together!

12/15/2021

Flying over the frost on the field this morning, 41degF, pre-dawn light, sprint interval workout. 150m stride, 10 x 100m sprint, 150m stride. Third time since committing to sprinting again, feeling good. For now I'm alternating daily workouts in this schedule - calisthenics, sprints, calisthenics, 2 mile run. Exercise keeps you young, functional and energized!

12/14/2021

The past two years - pandemic years - certainly have been an interesting challenge. I want to thank you for going through this phase with me, and I'm especially grateful to those that have sought my help for their health and well being. Supporting you gives my life meaning and happiness, and we continue together! As the end-year and new-year holidays approach, take good care, establish equanimity and flow with the changes.

12/11/2021

6 longevity secrets from Japan’s oldest people

Photos from Brian Skow, Shiatsu, Sotai and Kampo Therapist's post 12/06/2021

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11/22/2021
11/12/2021

WORKSHOPS UPDATE

I was considering restarting workshops this season, but have decided to wait until next year. Arizona is once again one of the states with the highest number of daily COVID cases, positivity rates and ICU utilization. In addition, Arizona continues to lag the national average in percent fully vaccinated. Overall, I see a lack of precautions being taken and I expect infection rates to get worse with the holiday season. I want to be reasonable and do my part in keeping the spread of COVID and the regular flu down.

I'm fully vaccinated, and encourage you to become so, too, whether you've already had COVID or not. The vaccines are incredibly effective in preventing severe illness and death. While I have personally heard of some breakthrough cases, these have been mild. Serious side effects from the vaccine are extremely rare, much more rare than short- and long-term complications from catching COVID without having been vaccinated.

While Western and Asian medicine have different perspectives on health and different therapeutical interventions, they are not always in conflict. There can be an integrative approach, and this is one of those areas in which this is possible. Taking the Western medicine vaccine can help you avoid the worst complications of this particular virus, while engaging in Shiatsu, related exercises and Japanese herbal medicine can make you robust enough to handle most anything that comes your way.

While workshops are not being offered at this time I continue to be open for one-on-one therapy and instruction.

Photos from Brian Skow, Shiatsu, Sotai and Kampo Therapist's post 11/11/2021

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11/04/2021

I pulled my left calf while sprinting a few weeks ago, and tried unsuccessfully a couple of times to "sprint through it." Taking the message of pain seriously, I switched my workout program to alternating calisthenics one day with the axe workout (which includes Serving Tea Qigong as a warmup) the next. In addition, I performed self-Shiatsu and applied liniment often. I perform the 10 Basic Meridian Exercises and other stretches daily, and I spent more time deeply stretching the calves. Today I'm happy to report that I was able to run two miles lightly and easily on the soft grass continuously without pain! Now I'll switch to alternating calisthenics one day with running two miles the next. Once the runs settle in at a faster pace I'll test sprinting again.

When you encounter pain, it's important to acknowledge the message and work with yourself. Don't stop moving, as that makes all worse! In addition to self-work, come in for therapy and exercise instruction. I would have loved to have received Shiatsu from a competent therapist, but we're very rare!

Opinion | Cancer is largely preventable, but most people don't know it — The Hill 10/28/2021

Opinion | Cancer is largely preventable, but most people don't know it — The Hill

Exactly what I speak to my clients about through my Base4Health - nutrition, exercise, meditation and sleep. Of course, good dental hygiene is important, too! Plus, bodywork and herbal therapy keeps all balanced, flowing and functional.

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Opinion | Cancer is largely preventable, but most people don't know it — The Hill Many mistakenly believe that the determining factor in getting cancer is genetics or just bad luck. In fact, simple lifestyle changes can make a huge difference.

10/25/2021

One of the two companies I use for my supply of Kampo (Japanese herbal medicine).

10/20/2021

At the end of his Shiatsu therapy today, an older active gentleman said, "I feel like I can fly!" You can have that feeling, too. Come on in.

#65 Nigel Dawes on Japanese Herbal Medicine, Hara Diagnosis, and Classical Chinese Influence by Pacific Rim College Radio 10/16/2021

#65 Nigel Dawes on Japanese Herbal Medicine, Hara Diagnosis, and Classical Chinese Influence by Pacific Rim College Radio

A wonderful interview of Nigel Dawes, my Kampo (Japanese herbal medicine) teacher. This will give you the flavor of my practice of Japanese medicine and other arts.

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#65 Nigel Dawes on Japanese Herbal Medicine, Hara Diagnosis, and Classical Chinese Influence by Pacific Rim College Radio Kampo is Japanese herbal medicine influenced by the classical Chinese tradition. In this episode, renowned Kampo and Shiatsu practitioner Nigel Dawes and I discuss all things related to its practice and so much more. Nigel began studying Kampo in Japan forty years ago and has been practicing and tea...

10/12/2021

A client presented with insomnia, which started two years prior. In addition, she complained of hair loss and cold hands. Further questioning revealed occasional mild hot flashes, a dry va**na, some moodiness, and a bit of fatigue. After a brief assessment I prescribed a classic Kampo (Japanese herbal) formula. In just one week of taking the formula, her mood and energy levels were consistently better, the hot flashes were gone, and her hands became warm. After another few days at reduced dosing, her sleep improved. It's expected the client will be on the formula at a two-thirds dosage for some time, and I expect the hair and internal dryness complaints to resolve.

Photos from Brian Skow, Shiatsu, Sotai and Kampo Therapist's post 10/07/2021

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No, Running Doesn't Wear Down Your Cartilage. It Strengthens Your Joints. 10/06/2021

No, Running Doesn't Wear Down Your Cartilage. It Strengthens Your Joints.

Yes, it’s likely you can run healthfully again - but you must do so mindfully, listening to your body, and you can get support from me with bodywork, stretching, strengthening and alignment exercises, and herbs.

No, Running Doesn't Wear Down Your Cartilage. It Strengthens Your Joints. A new analysis of numerous studies sheds light on how, contrary to popular belief, running may actually build stronger cartilage. Here's what that means for training on arthritic joints.

Have We Been Thinking About Pain All Wrong? 09/23/2021

Have We Been Thinking About Pain All Wrong?

Yes, to all this. I take the holistic approach, of course.

Have We Been Thinking About Pain All Wrong? New research says yes. Fortunately, there's something we can do about it.

If You Can't Do These Exercises, You Need to Exercise More — Eat This, Not That! 09/13/2021

If You Can't Do These Exercises, You Need to Exercise More — Eat This, Not That!

Exercise is critical for health and longevity, and these are good tests. I teach sets of exercises that can get you going safely - http://www.shiatsuworks.com/services-and-pricing.html

If You Can't Do These Exercises, You Need to Exercise More — Eat This, Not That! We all know that exercise isn't exactly a one-size-fits-all sort of thing. The specific exercises a person chooses to do—and the amount of time they spend doing so—should be determined by the individual's larger fitness goals, as well as their age and body composition. After all, if you're just ...

09/09/2021

A client presented with chronic neck pain. In addition, she complained of indigestion and stomach pain. Further investigation revealed fatigue and depressed mood. After a thorough diagnosis I prescribed a certain Kampo (Japanese herbal) formula. After just one week of taking it, the client’s stomach issues have resolved, sleep quality has improved (Fitbit says so, too!), energy level has increased, mood is better, neck and shoulders are more relaxed, and the client has lost three pounds. When the pattern is properly seen and the appropriate formula applied, all the symptoms unwind.

Photos from Brian Skow, Shiatsu, Sotai and Kampo Therapist's post 09/07/2021

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Want to feel good?

Struggling with health and wellness? See me to address the root causes. I've helped many with the following issues: migraines, menopausal symptoms, insomnia, emotional distress, neck tightness, frozen shoulder, back ache, digestive troubles, cancer treatment side effects, arthritis, sciatica, knee pain, body temperature disregulation, and fatigue. Don't chase after symptoms, applying ineffective, singular "solutions" here and there. I assess patterns, then apply therapies and prescribe lifestyle changes to achieve balance and flow, boosting health and wellness. My goal is to make you robust, at ease in all conditions.

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