Sunday, October 25, 2015

Enshin Ring Part Two

Sterling Silver Enshin Ring
Recently, I was asked to make another Enshin ring.  The last one I had made was made with three different parts (a ball, dome, and shaft) that were soldered together.  Since making that one, I have really wanted to make a one piece design with flowing curves between the elements of the design.  This one was made first by carving a wax model, then casting, and further refinement and sizing by diligent filing and sanding.  This curved shape of this Enshin allows it to fit a bit more securely in the fingers and allows the ring to fit a greater range of finger sizes.

The day I finished the ring, I had a two year old girl come in for treatment. This particular girl has been poked and prodded all too much in her lifetime by medical people, so she can be particularly challenging to give a complete treatment to. Fortunately, she responds very well to acupressure and needle-less acupuncture techniques and it doesn't take much to improve her symptoms.   On this day, she was shy to get treated with a teishin so I used the Enshin ring instead.  The ring fit comfortably in my hands and with the dome portion on the palmar aspect of my fingers I was able to just hold her gently while allowing the dome stimulate the points of her abdomen, arms and legs.  I also found I could grasp along the meridians of the arms and legs while simultaneously supplying direct pressure to specific acu-points. This is a very versatile tool.  One thing that I was surprised to notice is that I wanted to use the small ball end more often when stroking the meridians, while I used the dome more often for direct pressure (actually both the dome and ball work well for direct pressure).  It is counter-intuitive that the dome would not work as well for stroking or rubbing techniques because it's gentle curve seems to lend itself to that use.  The larger surface area of the dome creates more friction so does not glide as smoothly as the small ball.  This is especially notable on skin that is sticky or moist.  Of course, the small ball is more yang and dispersing when used in this application so carefully matching the technique to the diagnosis is imperative.

I look forward to making more rings in the future.  I think that incorporating texture and fluting into the dome of the Enshin ring could facilitate more active techniques.  Stay tuned because I have really been wanting to make a derma roller ring!


Shelterd Life said...

As a first time acupuncture-mississauga patient, I was nervous, and these guys really made me feel safe. After one treatment from here, my pain disappeared completely. I was shocked, but it was gone. It came back a little, but after several treatments, it stopped hurting completely.

keiki said...

Anton, the enshin is awesome. I use it on first time patients to get them used the idea that acupuncture is not one dimensional. This gives patients a small insight into the world of acupuncture and the non-insertive techniques which are just as effective, especially for those that are needle phobic. The enshin as well as the teishins you made are so wonderfully effective at calming some of my more anxious patients. Thanks again for making these wonderfully effective acupuncture tools.

Unknown said...

Can I purchase an enshrined 2 from you? At what price?


Unknown said...

Forgive typo (predictive text!)
I meant of course ENSHIN

Unknown said...

In fact, second correction, an ENSHIN RING 2
x Dvorah

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