Tui Na Deep Tissue Massage
Tui na deep tissue massage is a holistic, therapeutic, deep tissue massage based on the principles of Chinese medicine.
Tui na includes a wide variety of techniques to promote blood flow, break up scar tissue and speed healing. Tui na is highly flexible, and I use it for all sorts of problems, including those that you might seek sports massage, other styles of deep tissue massage, holistic massage or any other remedial therapeutic massage for.
Any pain or discomfort you experience is due to stagnation and imbalances in the body’s tissues; this is what we work with in Tui Na and Acupuncture. If your discomfort resides in the muscles and tendons, I use more deep tissue massage techniques to get the blood moving there; if you are experiencing more emotional stress I use more relaxing methods. When I balance out the circulation and relieve your stress, your body and mind can better deal with whatever is hampering it.
Cupping: dry cupping and sliding cupping
What is cupping?
Cupping is the placing of suction cups on muscles, to draw toxins from inside tired or tight muscles to below the surface of the skin. Once in the superficial circulation it is much easier for your body to eliminate toxins. Cupping can also draw fresh, oxygenated blood into the areas that have been stagnant or stuck.
People who have received cupping often ask for it again, having found it very beneficial; it is a fantastic way of relieving tired and tight muscles.
Dry cupping is suction or vacuum cupping. I normally leave static cups on areas of pain for 5-10 minutes to enable them to have their full effects. There are methods for using cupping techniques to draw blood from the body; I do not practise this style of cupping.
Sliding cupping is applying oil to the area to be cupped; once the cup is applied with sufficient suction, we slide the cup up and down to lift the muscles over a wide area. It has a similar effect to static cupping, but for covering a wider area and being generally more of a moving technique.
Cupping may create marks on the skin under the area the cups are applied to. These marks can vary from pink or red, to purple or black, depending on the level of stagnation in a muscle. Cup marks normally disappear after a few days, depending on how much stagnation they have cleared; the affected area should still feel freer after the marks have gone.
Tui Na can be applied in a chair or on a massage couch. It is done through a light cloth, so you don’t need to remove any clothing. This gives us an even surface to apply our techniques, and means we don’t need to rub oils in to work.
I often combine Tui Na and bodywork with acupuncture to enhance their effects. Tui na can be used alongside other treatments or therapies.
I have recently studied with Andrew Nugent-Head of Traditional Studies, learning powerful new methods including abdominal massage techniques. Abdominal massage can help with a range of conditions affecting the organs in the lower abdomen, including but not limited to abdominal and pelvic pain, digestive conditions suchs as IBS, constipation or diarrhoea and painful or irregular menstrual cycles. Abdominal massage techniques promote circulation to tissues that have been deprived, restoring normal functioning.
I have travelled to China to gain valuable experience learning from doctors practising in two hospitals in Hangzhou. Tui na is used in hospitals in China for a range of conditions, on its own and to speed recovery post-operations.
Please email me if you have any questions, or for a free 15 minute consultation call 07538 065665.