Do you love getting massages but wonder if theres a therapy out there that can actually treat health conditions rather than being just for relaxation? Well, Chinese massage may just be the therapy for you.
Not only does Chinese massage relieve aches and pains, it can also treat specific illnesses, injuries and health conditions. It can be described as acupuncture without needles, and uses the same diagnostic tools, such as taking the pulse and looking at the tongue.
Anyone can benefit from Chinese massage as it can be used in the treatment of many illnesses. The therapy ranges from paediatric massage, to sports massage and massage for the prevention of injuries and diseases.
Not only does it treat muscular aches, pains and tension, like sports injuries, traumas and repetitive strain injuries, Chinese massage can also treat internal disharmonies. These may range from colds and flu to insomnia, menstrual problems, digestive disorders, stress and mood disorders.
Chinese massage focuses on ensuring that the qi and blood flow correctly. If qi is stagnant, then pain is dull and an ache can move around the body, but if the blood is stagnant, the pain is sharp and fixed in one position. This therapy incorporates styles such anmo, tui na, and dian xue.
Tui literally means push and na means grasp. An means press and mo means rub, while dian means finger press and xue means pressure points.
Anmo is like a relaxation massage, in that it works just on the muscles that are causing stiffness and tension.
Tui na is more of a therapeutic massage that treats specific illnesses, diseases and injuries. It can treat more than just muscular problems.
Dian xue is like acupuncture without needles, in that pressure points that would normally be stimulated by needles are instead stimulated by massage.
There are 24 different main techniques used in Chinese massage and each technique has a specific action on the flow of qi and blood. Tonifying, sedating, invigorating and dispersing the flow of qi and blood can be done by implementing different techniques.
Chinese massage also works well with other therapies, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine. Lifestyle and diet are also taken into account during a treatment session. Exercises such as tai chi, qigong and yoga, to name just a few, can also really help to benefit and maximise a massage treatment.
It is a very safe therapy, with the practitioner consulting with the patient before any treatment is begun. This is so that they can gain an accurate diagnosis and select the appropriate technique to achieve the desired therapeutic benefit.
So if youre after a massage therapy that can help to treat a health condition while still providing you with relaxation, then Chinese massage is just right for you. Whether you opt for just the massage treatments or choose to add in some complementary therapies, youll soon be feeling fuller of vigour than ever before!