Charles Segard has had an interest in healing and touch therapy from an early age, and has always had a gift for helping people feel better. He has lived in Champaign-Urbana since 1977, when he moved here to study at the University, earning his Master’s degree in Fine Arts in 1979. After graduation, Chuck decided to pursue his devotion to the healing arts in earnest. In 1995, Chuck began studying Pacific and Asian Restoration Therapies of DanZan Ryu (PART of DZR) and in 1996 he became a professional bodywork therapist. Chuck also specializes in Craniosacral Therapy, Lymph Drainage Therapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) in addition to his PART of DZR therapeutic work, and recently, Chuck added ZPE tools to his healing repertoire.
Most people have never heard of Pacific and Asian Restoration Therapies of DanZan Ryu, or PART of DZR. This therapeutic work is actually closely related to the martial art of Jujitsu and Hawaiin Lomi Lomi. Most people are not aware that all martial arts also have a healing arts attached. The fighting aspect of the martial art is the yang aspect, whereas the healing art is the yin aspect. The healing aspect of martial arts is by far the more difficult to learn. It takes far less skill to break something than put it back together. The greatest martial artists are often great healers as well as great fighters. Chuck has studied the healing aspects of Taiji and JuJitsu for many years.
These PART of DZR therapies are the closest to what most would think of as “massage,” but differ in many important ways. This is a deep tissue therapy focusing on the muscle-tendon channels, and can be thought of as “Chinese Sports Medicine.” This therapy addresses the body as a whole and also the body’s energetic flow. Many people experience feelings of powerful energies moving through them when they take part in these types of therapies, and experience relief from a wide range of complaints. Topical application of various healing liniment is an important aspect of this therapy.
In addition to his training in PART of DZR, Chuck continued to seek out ways to help his clients more effectively. Craniosacral Therapy was becoming more recognized in professional massage literature, and so he sought out more information. After experiencing the powerful effects of a Craniosacral session while working at the Heartland Spa, he decided to learn all he could about this therapy and to add it to his practice. Chuck received extensive training in Craniosacral work through the Upledger Institute, and also was as a teaching assistant during many Upledger Craniosacral classes.
While Chuck was learning Craniosacral through the Upledger Institute, he was also exposed to Lymph Drainage therapy. This seemed like the next logical step in expanding his practice. This is another light touch therapy that allows Chuck to address issues in the lymphatic system in a more efficient manner than other methods. The lymphatic system is a very important circulatory system in the body. It is integral to the immune system, assists in total body detoxification, and also maintains the health and youthfulness of the skin. Lymph drainage therapy is highly effective in stimulating proper flow of the lymphatic system, especially as compared to traditional massage.