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Tui Na Massage
Tui Na is a form of Chinese medical massage.
It is similar in some ways to myofascial bodywork.
The main benefit of Tui Na massage is that it focuses on the specific problem, whether it is an acute or a chronic pain associated with the joints, muscles or a skeletal system.
In Tui Na massage, the muscles and tendons are massaged with the help of hands, and acupressure techniques are 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
Tui Na makes use of various hand techniques in combination with acupuncture and other manipulation techniques.
Many of the techniques used in this massage resemble that of a western massage, such as gliding, kneading, vibration, tapping, friction, pulling, rolling, and pressing.
Tui Na may resemble other forms of massage such as acupressure, myofascial, deep tissue, or shiatsu massage.
Cupping treatment is part of the massage branch of Oriental medicine. It can provide an especially pleasant experience. Perhaps you have seen cupping marks on Olympic athletes!
Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass or plastic cups or as suction devices that are placed on the skin. Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be gently moved across the skin (often referred to as "gliding cupping).
The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Once suctioned, the cups are generally left in place for about ten minutes while the patient relaxes.
Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite.
For weight loss and cellulite treatments, oil is first applied to the skin, and then the cups are moved up and down the surrounding area. Like acupuncture, cupping follows the lines of the meridians. There are five meridian lines on the back, and these are where the cups are usually placed. Using these points, cupping can help to align and relax qi, as well as target more specific maladies. By targeting the meridian channels, cupping strives to 'open' these channels - the paths through which life energy flows freely throughout the body, through all tissues and organs, thus providing a smoother and more free-flowing qi (life force).
Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available. It is thought to affect tissues up to four inches deep from the external skin. Toxins can be released, blockages can be cleared, and veins and arteries can be refreshed within these four inches of affected materials.
This treatment is also valuable for the lungs, and can clear congestion from a common cold or help to control a person's asthma. In fact, respiratory conditions are one of the most common maladies that cupping is used to relieve. Three thousand years ago, in the earliest Chinese documentation of cupping, it was recommended for the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. One of the earliest documentations of cupping can be found in the work titled A Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies, which was written by a Taoist herbalist by the name of Ge Hong and which dates all the way back to 300 AD.
Gua sha is a healing technique of traditional East Asian medicine. Sometimes called ‘coining, spooning or scraping’, Gua sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae (red blood spots) called ‘sha’ representing the release of stagnant blood surrounding the connective tissue under the skin.Gua means “scraping” and Sha means the red petechiae that is released from the muscles being worked on. Blood flow is decreased anytime we have a spasm or injury. Both lactic and uric acid can get trapped underneath the skin or within a bound up muscle due to the lack of drainage caused by decreased blood flow. The blotchy red that comes to the surface of the skin is similar to a bruise, but not a bruise. It is trapped blood and metabolic waste products being freed from the muscles.
Most people love the feel of the treatment of gua sha, but also how great they feel afterward. There may be some soreness in the muscles afterward. If the treatment is uncomfortable, ask the therapist to lighten the strokes.
Modern research shows Gua sha produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single Gua sha treatment. This accounts for its effect on pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting etc., and why Gua sha is effective in acute and chronic internal organ disorders including liver inflammation in hepatitis.
Historically, gua sha has been indicated for any problem that has a feature of surface or internal blood stasis and/or pain. The articles and studies from the Chinese language database cover an array of conditions responsive to gua sha including headache, migraine, neck, shoulder, back, and knee pain, as well as acute diseases such as fever, flu, earaches, asthma and bronchitis in children and adults. Gua sha is also effective in chronic disease including hepatitis.
And now there is evidence in Western peer reviewed journals. There are case reports in of gua sha for migraine, post herpetic neuralgia, and breast distension/mastitis.
The device called the Vibracussor, uses vibration and percussion at the same time for surface-level myofascial work (in the muscles and the fascia around the muscles). The device allows you to select frequencies within ranges relative to alpha or low beta brain wave state. Modern research suggests specific frequency range puts the brain into a meditative state known as alpha-wave. Apparently, this frequency is also the most conducive to tissue healing.
Vibration therapy devices are used for deep fascial restrictions, thus resolving problems such as scar tissue adhesions, lymphatic congestion, muscle soreness, spasms, joint fixations, and range-of-motion problems. The practitioner's goal is to facilitate movement in the deep fascia where disease patterns are stored.
The theory behind percussion therapy work was to find and remove "interferences" within the fascia structure to create an environment of free-flowing energy for optimal healing- similar to the goal of an acupuncture treatment. Everything we do in the treatment room revolves around regulating qi and blood stagnation. All diseases begin with qi and blood deficiency and/or stagnation. The goal is simple. Find blockages and get energy flowing correctly so the body will heal itself.
Fascia affects all movement in the body, whether gross muscular/joint movements used for walking, bending, turning, twisting, etc., or minute, subtle movement that happen on a microscopic level. Fascia lines the venous, nervous and lymphatic systems and also affects subtle movements such as movement of fluid and neurological impulses.
Connective tissue is very strong and can handle 2000 pounds of pressure per square inch. When fascia becomes distorted or restricted in some way via scar tissue, blockages or adhesions, the result is restricted movement. Restrictions of movement within the fascia tissue can cause big problems with any system that runs through the body. This web of connective tissue that runs throughout the body is made up of liquid pliable crystals that conduct electricity... like the movement of qi, energy.
Fascia is a semi-conductor that helps transport electrical energy, or qi, over long distances. Certain materials can generate an electric charge in response to applied mechanical stress. Acupuncture needles create friction in the fascia to stimulate the electric charge effect as well. One thought process suggests when you create a qi sensation (feeling from an acupuncture needle), it is actually friction in the fascia that creates a chain reaction, sending electrical impulses through the body to affect muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood flow, internal organs, hormones, etc. Percussion therapy is an effective way to move qi in the acupuncture meridians without needles. Percussion therapy is an effective way to move qi in the acupuncture meridians without needles.
How about ATP production? (ATP is the energy produced in the cell to run the cellular activities, including repair). We know acupuncture increases levels of ATP production in the body. This could very well be the result of manipulating the fascia. The electrical effect causes semi-conduction of electricity. This could be a scientific explanation to an esoteric theory explaining life force energy, Qi, within the body.