What Is a Chinese Massage Therapy
Developed and widely used in China 5000 years ago, this typical type of massage therapy is now a popular treatment used in almost all massage spas today. Chinese massage therapy or Tui Na in China is popular due to its effective healing and relaxing benefits. It is a combination of ancient Chinese medicines which includes Chinese acupuncture, Chinese herbalism, and many others.
Like most Asian type of therapeutic massage, Tui Na or Chinese massage therapy focuses mainly on the energy points of the patient. These energies are known as qi (chi) and are found inside the body of a human being. Any blocked path way or energy lines are strictly treated and corrected in order to maintain a healthy condition for the patient. The Chinese, like most Asians, understand that the energies or qi in the human body should be regulated and stay in balanced to prevent the body from collapsing and falling prey to the various diseases that await the drop of its immunity. The Chinese calls a sick person as a person with imbalanced energies inside the body.
This manipulative treatment uses many different healing methods on its patient. Most of these are focused on the key areas or meridian points of the patient’s body. Acupuncture is a technique of using thin needles inserted on the meridian locations of the body to release tightness, remove toxin and to correct the energy lines of the patient. These are carefully inserted inside the body of the patient to enhance the healing ability of the human body. This should be done only by skillful, experienced and knowledgeable massage therapists. Chinese herbs are also applied and used over the body of the patient to help soothe and relax the body while massage therapy is used all over it. These herbs are heated and applied on the body so that the warmth of the leaves, as well as the juice, will be absorbed by the body to improve healing and relaxation of the muscles tissue. The massage therapist uses massage strokes and methods such as kneading, pressing, and tapping during a Chinese massage treatment. These strokes are used with the palms, thumbs, and knuckles with several massage stroke varieties and applied pressure depending on the massage therapist and the patient’s choice. All of these methods aim in improving the flow of energy and unblocking the channels where qi enters in and out of the body.
Benefits of Chinese Massage
Benefits anticipated following a Chinese massage treatment are both physical and mental benefits. Acupuncture, as discussed earlier, helps in freeing toxins, relieving pain, and removing physical and mental stress. An increase in circulation and increase in the respiratory system are also positive outcomes of a good Chinese massage therapy. Although it is a good, natural method of rejuvenating the body, there are some problems that it can’t cure such as severe and chronic musculoskeletal problems. Nevertheless, like most massage treatment, it has fewer side effects and it is much safer than any of the modern medical practice today.