TUINA －The Ancient Healing Art
Tuina is an ancient form of Chinese massage, according to unearthed evidence of archaeological studies, Tuina can be dated back to around 2700 BC. It uses various techniques that are applied to the body for the purpose of preventing or curing diseases.
Tuina is based on the theory of traditional Chinese medicine, such as the theory of Yin and Yang, Five Elements, Zang-Fu organs, meridians and collaterals, qi, blood and body fluids. Among others, the theory of meridians and acupoints are of great importance in Tuina therapy.
Tuina covers a wide range of indications and disorders, such as vertigo, common cold, headache, insomnia, cough, asthma, stiff neck, frozen shoulder, degenerative disc disease, piriformis syndrome, sciatica, constipation, dysmenorrhea, irregular menstruation, and some other illnesses.
Acupuncture is a component of the health care system of China that can be traced back at least 2,500 years. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for diseases. Acupuncture may, it has been theorized, correct imbalances of flow at identifiable points close to the skin.
The practice of acupuncture to treat identifiable pathophysiological (disease) conditions in North American was rare until the visit of President Richard M. Nixon to China in 1972. Since that time, there has been an explosion of interest in North American in the application of the technique of acupuncture to Western medicine.
Acupuncture is a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical locations on or in the skin by a variety of techniques. The most thoroughly studied mechanism of stimulation of acupuncture points employs penetration of the skin by thin, solid, metallic needles, which are manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation.
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling).
In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension — which aids in better sleep — and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage therapy uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). It’s beneficial for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck, sore shoulders, upper back, low back pain and leg muscle tightness.
A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people’s blood pressure fell after a single 45 to 60-minute deep tissue massage. Additionally, a 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that massage modalities like deep tissue reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin.
Please talk with your professional massage therapist to see if a deep tissue massage therapy would be beneficial for you.
Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. It Focuses on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.
Athletes have discovered that specially designed sports massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries and prepares their body and mind for optimal performance.