Chinese Massage – one of key therapies comprising Traditional Chinese Medicine
Chinese Massage (also known as Tui’na or Tuina Massage) is an ancient form of medical therapy. It comprises one of the three main therapies of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and shares the same theoretical framework and principles as that of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine – the concept of Qi.
TCM thinks of your health in terms of your Qi (life force or energy)
TCM considers Chinese Massage to be an external form of therapy, suitable for people of all ages.
Pressure is applied to the acupressure points (the same points as are targeted with Acupuncture) which lie along the network of meridians conducting Qi around the body. The purpose is to clear any blockages and restore the flow of Qi so that harmony, order and balance is maintained and restored. In this way the healing process is activated and with it the maintenance and restoration of good health.
Chinese Massage can be used to treat specific problems and to promote general well being and good body balance – both physical and mental. It is a powerful treatment in terms of re-adjusting the functions of the body. It has no adverse side effects and is often used in combination with Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine.
It is an energising therapy. A typical session may vary from thirty minutes to an hour – the length of the massage depends on the condition being treated. Massage methods include the use of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi, and manipulation techniques to realign the musculoskeletal framework. Many of the techniques used resemble that of western massage i.e. gliding, kneading, vibration, tapping, pressing, rolling and shaking.
Chinese Massage is a particularly effective therapy for pain and musculoskeletal conditions, whether acute or chronic. It is also effective in the treatment of:
- Infertility and disorders of the reproductive system
- Headaches and migraine
- Disorders of the digestive system
- Respiratory disorders
- Soft tissue injuries
- Arthritis, rheumatic pain
- Tiredness, lack of energy, insomnia
- Stress or emotional problems
- Weight loss and anti-ageing
GinSen also offers other types of massage to treat particular conditions, such as: Reflexology, Pregnancy Massage, Lymphatic Drainage Massage and Sports Massage.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
The lymphatic system is the body’s front line of defense for fighting infection, detoxifying, transporting waste, excess fluid, bacteria and toxins out of the body. A well functioning lymphatic system is crucial for good health. If the lymphatic system is blocked, fatigue, susceptibility to coughs and colds, fluid retention and ill health can result.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage can be both preventative and remedial
It uses very light pressure combined with soft pumping movements. This stimulates the lymphatic system and aids the body’s immune system. Deeply relaxing, it:
- Promotes the healing of fractures and sprains, and aids pain relief
- Helps relieve fatigue
- Strengthens the immune system and detoxes the body
- Reduces swelling of the legs and ankles during pregnancy
- Is an effective component of the treatment and control of lymphedema (swelling after cancer treatment or surgery which damages or removes the lymph nodes.)
Lymphatic Drainage Massage benefits
- Clearing areas of congestion such as swollen ankles, puffy eyes and swollen legs
- Promotion of scar tissue healing, torn ligaments and sprains.
- Post-operative healing
- Swelling relief following plastic surgery
Massage during Pregnancy and following Childbirth
GinSen’s therapists provide the expectant mother with a quiet space in which to relax whilst enjoying the physical benefits of massage tailored specifically to pregnancy . This treatment helps to:
- Promote reduction in water retention (oedema) and improve circulation
- Relieve pressure and pain in the back, head, sciatic nerves, joints and feet
- Reduce stress, anxiety and promote improved sleep
Following childbirth, our post-natal massage benefits the mother by helping to:
- Re-align normal posture and gait
- Support the mother emotionally, and physically as her body adjusts after childbirth
- Relieve neck and back pain from carrying the child
- Strengthen the abdominal area
Reflexology – Healing the Body Naturally
Reflexology is a natural, healing therapy. It is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet which correspond to every part and organ of the body. Applying pressure to these reflexes releases blockages, which interfere with the body’s natural energy flow. Reflexology is mainly applied to the feet, is a deeply relaxing and energising therapy which stimulates healing and treats the whole person. Whilst stimulating the body’s own healing force, tensions are eased, circulation is improved, toxins are eliminated, and the client experiences a sense of well being.
Benefits of Reflexology
Almost everybody can benefit from Reflexology. As well as treating those with health issues, it is also used to maintain good health. It is an effective, natural therapy for a broad range of conditions including:
- Weight Loss
- Stress related conditions
- Digestive Disorders
- Migraine and Headaches
- Pain Relief
- Boosting the Immune System
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage penetrates the surface muscles of the body to reach deep connective tissue. It involves slow strokes with deep pressure, applied across the grain of muscles which are causing aches and pain.
It promotes relaxation and relieves a range of conditions including: stress, pain and muscle stiffness associated with athletic injuries, joint, back and neck problems, arthritis, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, chronic inflammation, and whiplash.
Sports Massage is the manipulation and stretching of muscle, and connective tissues to enhance movement, flexibility and performance. It helps to avoid injury, enhance performance, cool down after exertion, relieve muscle soreness and promote quick recovery from muscle overuse. Regular treatment allows athletes to train to their full potential, and to recover optimally.
Sports massage is not only for sports people. Anyone who is experiencing everyday levels of strain and stress will benefit. Sports massage releases muscular congestion and pain, aids the lymphatic system, improves circulation and enhances the functional quality of muscle tissue.
Contact us for your Chinese Massage needs
Throughout my life, I have always found exams of any kind extremely stressful. Recently, when I was training to be an aerobics instructor, the thought of the practical examination filled me with dread. I had several acupuncture treatments in the run up to my exam to relieve anxiety and reduce stress. The acupuncture, herbal medicine, breathing exercises and reflexology massages made a huge difference. Although I did still suffer some nerves on the day of the exam, the overall effect was that the stress reduced significantly and I passed the exam. I cannot thank GinSen enough, they taught me to control my nerves, and without them, I am not sure I would have made it through my exam quite so easily