What is Chinese massage therapy?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is said that the energy inside the human body, called "Qi", must continuously flow to prevent diseases. Over the millennia, several bodywork therapies, which include acupuncture, acupressure, and Chinese massage, have been developed to help a person when they experience an energy imbalance. In Chinese massage, several massage techniques are then used to stimulate the Qi points to promote relaxation which alleviates spasms, improves flexibility, and straightens the joints. It is a powerful treatment for pain relief since it is said that pain is developed when the free flow of Qi is lacking.
There are two types of Chinese massage techniques, "Tui na" and "Zhi Ya". Both techniques may be different but both are said to help the person to regain his strength and vitality. Tui na, similar to Western massage, involves pushing, stretching, and kneading the muscles, while Zhi Ya, similar to acupressure, focuses on pinching and pressing the acupressure points to relieve pain and stress. Both techniques help stimulate the body in releasing more hormones, regulate blood flow, and boost energy or recovery.
How does Chinese massage works?
The main objective of Chinese massage is to balance the flow of Qi in the body to protect the person from developing health conditions and maintain the optimal performance of all the organs. When the Qi is blocked or impeded, the person becomes susceptible to health problems.
The therapist manipulates the meridian system, which is composed of inner Qi points and pathways, to encourage the free flow of Qi and blood throughout the body. After identifying the pathways with limited flow, the therapist applies hand pressure on the target point to restore balance and energy circulation.
Is Chinese massage good for you?
A study conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association in May 2013 has found out that regular massage can help in treating various diseases such as back pain, cardiovascular problems, and rheumatoid arthritis. Also, a study published in the journal "Archives of Disease in Childhood" (ADC) in 2012 has revealed that patients who received massage techniques have shown significant improvements in their physical conditions. Some Chinese massage techniques can help people who are suffering from health problems like hypertension, diabetes, and muscular diseases. It also speeds up the recovery time.
Chinese massage aims to address and balance the entire holistic health of the person, not just the symptoms. Also, aside from improving physical health, it promotes the mental and emotional wellbeing of the client.
Chinese massage benefits
Chinese massage is an alternative treatment that is being used around the world for more than 4,000 years.There are several health benefits that you can benefit from this massage:
- Renews energy, vigor, and strength
- Relieves back pain and sciatica
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Lowers hypertension (blood pressure)
- Opens up frozen shoulders
- Relieves rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
- Increases immunity
- Promotes better sleep
- Stimulates healthier organ function
- Facilitates hormone release
- Improves respiration and circulation
- Releases lactic acid buildup
- Accelerates injury and surgical recovery
Additionally, Chinese massage helps remove several layers of emotional stress and also break down scar tissues, increase motion, improves blood flow, and relieves pain. Moreover, it may promote a calming and relaxing mood.
What to expect during a Chinese massage session
A typical session for a Chinese massage lasts from thirty minutes up to one hour. It is important to have a conversation with your therapist prior to the session so he could be made aware of your health history, your goals after the session,and also to identify which techniques to use.
It is encouraged to talk with your therapist during your massage. Not only does it provide them with feedback but it also increases your comfort. Some Chinese massage are incorporated with Western techniques like kneading, stretching, and pushing.