What is Chinese Massage?
Chinese Massage (also known as Tui Na, pronounced “twee nah”) is a therapeutic form of massage and has been used in China for more than 5,000 years.
It’s goal is to create harmony in the yin and yang of the body by getting rid of blockages and disturbances.
Similar to acupuncture, Chinese Massage uses the same energetic meridians to balance the qi and blood in your body, leading to better health. Qi that’s flowing incorrectly can cause blockages, such as poor blood circulation in the affected area.
The main therapeutic goal of Chinese Massage is to remove the energetic blocks that are causing qi stagnation.
What happens during a Chinese Massage?
During a session, practitioners use oscillating and pressure techniques that differ in force and speed. Chinese Massage can be done as a stronger deep-tissue massage or a more gentle, energetic treatment.
Some techniques are more yin, which is more gentle, passive, and meditative. The yang approach is more active, dynamic, and physical, creating more intense sensations by stimulating deep blockages and knots.
The therapist massages the muscles and tendons and uses manipulation techniques to realign the body. Passive joint movements are used to restore function to muscles and joints.
Depending on your therapist as well as your specific needs, various techniques will be used in a session.
Chinese Massage uses massage techniques such as acupressure, myofascial release, and reflexology. Sometimes, techniques that are common to osteopathy and chiropractic, such as stretching and joint mobilizations, are also used.