Chinese Therapeutic Massage
Chinese therapeutic massage, called Tui Na, is one of the branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine which has been developed and practised for over 2000 years. It follows the principle that the smooth flow of qi (energy) throughout the body is essential for good health. If this flow is disrupted in any way, pain or illness may occur.
Tui Na uses massage techniques, instead of needles, to correct the flow of qi in the body. Treatment is relaxing and restorative. It is also a useful option for anyone who would is interested in pursuing a Chinese Medicine treatment but is not keen on needles.
The particular style of Tui Na that I practise (Qi Gong Tui Na) is quite gentle, focusing on a quieter approach to body work but with deep long lasting effects.
The massage concentrates on the effected area but will involve the whole body, working along the pathways of energy. Acupuncture points are also used, applying pressure instead of needles.
It is generally carried out over clothing and it is important to wear something that is lightweight, loose and comfortable.
Occasionally, Tui Na is carried out directly onto skin and herbal oils may be used to enhance the energetic effects of the massage.
Gua sha is a vigorous rubbing of the skin, often using a smooth edged tool, to increase blood flow and clear stagnant Qi.