By Joanne Elliott
Oriental massage is based upon the principles that are rooted deep in traditional Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine has many different elements involved with it as well as oriental massage, including herbal medicine and dietary therapy. In basic terms there are two types of oriental massage that are commonly used in more modern times. These are Tui na, and Zhi na.
Oriental massage techniques and principles – Tui na Chinese Massage
What is Tui na oriental massage?
Tui na, or "An Mo" oriental massage heralds back to the ancient Ming dynasty. It is a method of oriental massage that breaks down scar tissue to speed up the healing process by increasing the blood flow to the specific problem area. Tui na is closely linked with acupuncture and herbal remedies. This sort of oriental massage focuses on stretching, pushing and kneading the muscles.
What are the benefits of Tui na oriental massage?
The befits of Tui na oriental massage are said to be both physical and psychological to the point that it is believed to be a method of teaching the body to learn to "want" to physically heal itself. This is why Tui na oriental massage is widely believed to be a complete healing system in traditional Chinese medicine (or TCM).
Who should choose Tui na oriental massage?
Tui na is said to be beneficial if you are suffering from any of the following complaints and wish to achieve relief through tried and tested holistic oriental massage:-
- Sports injuries
- Ankle pain
- Wrist pain
- Joint pain
- Back pain
- Rheumatism or arthritis
- Headaches or migraines
- Neck pain
- Low energy
- Chronic muscular and skeletal conditions and injuries
- PMS and/ or emotional problems
What is the process involved within Tui na oriental massage?
Of course the overall procedure involved within Tui na oriental massage will differ from therapist to therapist, and individual establishment to individual establishment. But in general the following process will usually be followed:-
- Tui na oriental massage consultation
The therapist will have a one to one meeting with the client to establish what the specific problem is. Sometimes the therapist may even take the clients’ blood pressure and measure their heart rate to further establish individual needs. There may also be a conversation and advice session regarding dietary recommendations and exercise plans to help the client to further heal on an ongoing basis.
- Tui na oriental massage preparation
When the client arrives for their Tui na oriental massage they will be asked to remove their jewelry and shoes. Depending upon the individual needs of the client they might be asked to remove garments – for example if they have a back injury. Of course it goes without saying that a clean cotton sheet will be provided to the client to protect their modesty. The reason for removing clothing is simply that the special oils utilized within Tui na oriental massage will stain and ruin clothing… so this is something to remember when you are picking out your clothing before the Tui na oriental massage.