Traditional Chinese Massage and Reflexology
Traditional Chinese massage has roots going back about 3000 years. It is related to acupuncture and focuses on meridians and energy points that will effectively transport and guide blood and energy, or Qi “气” throughout the body. Tui na “推拿” and Zhi ya “指压” are the basic techniques of traditional Chinese massage. Tui na involves stretching, kneading and pushing the muscles, while Zhi Ya involves pressing and pinching acupressure points to relieve stress and pain. Each technique is based on therapeutic principles with effects such as stimulating the body to release more hormones, regulating blood flow, boosting energy and muscle recovery. The techniques are gentle and soft yet deep and penetrating; the strokes are generally applied rhythmically and persistently. The controlled use of very deep, moving pressure is one of the keys of Chinese massage.
Why Chinese Massage
Chinese massage therapy provides pain relief from sore and injured muscles. The techniques improve blood flow which speeds up muscle repair and removes lactic acid buildup. The techniques also help produce a calm and relaxing mood. It is a great way for you to rejuvenate and soothe yourself psychologically and physically from stress. In this 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. It removes the blockages and keeps the energy moving through the meridians as well as the muscles. This technique is very beneficial in reducing the pain of neck, shoulders, hips, back, arms, thighs, legs and ankle disorders. It is a very effective therapy for arthritis, pain, sciatica and muscle spasms.