Traditional Chinese Medicine Massage
TCM Remedial Massage, or in Mandarin, Tui-na (pronounced twee-na) is a set of manual, non-invasive techniques. In China, Tui-na is practiced alongside acupuncture, Chinese herbs and Western medicine in public hospitals.
As such, Tui-na uses long-established TCM theories to address the needs of clients and patients. Through an assessment of the symptoms a ‘pattern,’ to use TCM terminology, emerges. This ‘pattern’ informs the treatment selected by the practitioner, which will therefore be tailored specifically to the individual.
Acupuncture means insertion of needles into superficial structures of the body (skin, subcutaneous tissue, muscles) – usually at acupuncture points (acupoints) – and their subsequent manipulation; this aims at influencing the flow of qi. According to TCM it relieves pain and treats (and prevents) various diseases
Cupping is a therapy in which ‘cups’ are suctioned onto the skin along the meridians of the body as a way of stimulating the flow of energy.
Cupping is often suitable in cases of persistent ‘old’ injuries, tight muscles, irritability and period pain, to name but a few.
Gua Sha Therapy
Gua Sha is abrading the skin with pieces of smooth jade, bone, animal tusks or horns or smooth stones; until red spots then bruising cover the area to which it is done. It is believed that this treatment is for almost any ailment including cholera. The red spots and bruising take 3 to 10 days to heal, there is often some soreness in the area that has been treated
What to Expect During a Tui-na Massage
A typical Tui-na treatment session firstly involves a brief discussion about signs and symptoms so the therapist can make a diagnosis based on this information as well as other observations. If the client’s condition will benefit from cupping or moxibustion these therapies require that some parts of the body be exposed for a brief time. In some cases where cupping would be valuable clients may be left with bruise-like marks that last about 4-5 days but do not feel tender or painful. Moxibusion leaves no mark or burn. Treatment sessions also include advice and support on exercise, diet and lifestyle adjustments that facilitate a more rapid improvement in health and personal well-being. Clients receive a list of personalised recommendations that outlines this advice including recipe ideas and details on how to correctly perform exercises.