The Water Method
'Daoist' (pronounced 'Dow-ist' - 'dow' as in 'down') is the modern Chinese transliteration of the word 'Taoist'. We use this transliteration for two reasons. First, 'dow' is much closer in sound to the Chinese word than 'tao'. Second, it is the standard Chinese spelling, which will inevitably become the norm in the West over the next decades.
Daoism is the oldest philosophical and spiritual tradition in China and is the source of all Chinese medicine and health cultivation practices, such as those we teach in this school.
We follow a very old branch of Daoist tradition, the Water Method, that goes back to the earliest Daoist writings, the 'Laozi' (or Daodejing/Tao te Ching) and 'Zhuangzi' (Chuang Tzu), but which, according to tradition, is much older than the written record.
While age in itself is not necessarily a virtue, in this case we can say that these practices have been tested over many generations and have proven to be both effective and safe.
We follow the Water Method as transmitted by lineage master Bruce Kumar Frantzis. In practice this means becoming aware of one’s limits and working within them.
Its benefits come about through the deep relaxation of the nervous system and the release of energy blockages rather than through any kind of force. Consequently it is much safer and gentler than other more forceful methods and so can be taken up by virtually anyone.