Massage can be used in combination with Acupuncture for conditions like back pain, arthritis and MS. Acupuncture can be a fearful experience for people, especially the first time, so a brief massage can be soothing and relaxing before inserting needles. Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees and forearm.
Therapeutic Massage is also part of the TCM repertoire – Shiatsu and Tuina being used for more medical conditions. Massage can also be part of the diagnostic process for acupuncturists. Massage is inseparable from the fundamental principles of TCM. Strong, forceful techniques, such as pulling, grasping, and nipping are fundamentally used and produce purging and sedating effects, whereas soft, gentle techniques, such as stroking, rubbing, revolving, vibrating etc., are used more to produce invigorating, tonifying effects.
Massage promotes relaxation and well-being
Shiatsu / Therapeutic
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork based on the theoretical framework of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Shiatsu means “finger pressure”, and is sometimes called acupressure. Shiatsu techniques include massages with fingers, thumbs, and palms. To examine a patient, a shiatsu practitioner uses palpation as well as pulse and tongue diagnosis
Medical Qigong is a practice where the practitioner uses a very light touch to acupuncture points while the patient focuses on breathing techniques and visualization. A very relaxing treatment and is used for more long term constitutional issues and problems.
Reflexology is the holistic understanding, study and practice of treating points and areas in the feet and hands that relate to corresponding parts of the body. Using precise hand and finger techniques, a reflexologist may improve circulation, induce relaxation as well as improving the immune system. This encourages the person’s own healing systems to be activated to maintain wellbeing. Reflexology is a gentle healing art which dates back to ancient China. Reflexology is a complementary therapy, which works on the feet to assist in restoring health to the whole person, not just the prevailing symptoms.
Who Benefits from Reflexology?
Reflexology is suitable for all ages and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. After you have completed a course of reflexology treatment for a specific condition, many people find it beneficial to continue with regular treatments in order to maintain health and well-being
While many people use reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind and body and counteracting stress, at the same time many doctors, consultants and other health care professionals recognise reflexology as a well established, respected and effective therapy.
Please allow about an hour for the treatment.
In Tui Na massage, the muscles and tendons are massaged with the help of hands, and an acupressure technique is applied to directly affect the flow of Qi at different acupressure points of the body, thus facilitating the healing process. A typical session of Tui Na massage may vary from thirty minutes to an hour. The session timings may vary depending on the patient’s needs and condition. The best part of the therapy is that it relaxes as well as energizes the person. The main benefit of Tui Na massage is that it focuses on the specific problem, whether it is an acute or a chronic pain associated with the joints, muscles or a skeletal system. This technique is very beneficial in reducing the pain of neck, shoulders, hips, back, arms, highs, legs and ankle disorders. It is a very effective therapy for arthritis, pain, sciatica and muscle spasms.
Combination of Treatments
Treatments can be combined for maximum benefit, for example: Acupuncture and Shiatsu / Tuina / Qigong
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