Massage & Tuina Bodywork
Tuina massage is a profound therapy rooted in the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). A true gem of holistic therapies.
Tuina, pronounced as “twee-nah,” encapsulates a holistic approach to healing, harmonizing the body’s energies, and restoring Harmony Within.
Would you like to read more about what Chinese Massage is and what is it good for? Please scroll down further below.
What massages do we offer?
3 excellent choices, all driven by the power of Chinese Medicine and available for 60, 75 and 90 minutes.
Not sure which one to choose? Have a read of the following and let your heart to pick the one it needs the most.
1. Calm Flow Massage
- Experience the ‘Slow Vinyasa‘ of massages, a gentle flow that soothes your nervous system and brings a sense of calm and harmony to your being. Our Calming Flow Massage blends the ancient practices of Chinese Tuina, Zen Shiatsu, and Kind Awareness to induce deep relaxation.
- Techniques such as calming rocking, gentle strokes, and spiral movements gently mobilize your blood and vital energy, leaving you with calm presence and pure bliss. Warm palms and a soft yet firm touch are included.
- Recommended for stress, anxiety, insomnia, and general tension. This massage also includes the special treat of Occipital Nerve Balance according to Stanley Rosenberg’s Polyvagal theory. Our attentive touch starts on your back and finishes with a facial massage or acupressure on your feet, ensuring true relaxation. Breathing life into your muscles and meridians.
2. Deep Flow Massage
- Delve into the depths of relaxation with our Dynamic Tuina massage, specifically designed to alleviate deep aches and tightness. Through targeted precision and intuitive guidance, our Deep Flow Massage penetrates layers of tension, releasing muscle knots and stagnant energy.
- Techniques such as long sweeping strokes, deep pressure, and Trigger Point Release are complemented by percussion, tapping and deep stretches to enhance blood flow and energetic release.
- Recommended for pain relief, postural tension, and those with an active lifestyle. This massage includes the special treat of Osteopathic techniques like, Muscle Energy Technique (MET or PNF) and Myofascial Release, ensuring comprehensive relief tailored to your needs.
3. Holistic Remedial Massage
- Immerse yourself in the essence of Tuina, with our Holistic Remedial Massage, crafted to address specific issues and concerns unique to you.
- Techniques are carefully chosen from the full repertoire (all of the above), including joint mobilization, nourishing vibration, and palm-rolling (reliving nerve pain). If time permits, we integrate complementary techniques to enhance your experience. These may include Cupping, Guasha (utilizing specialized tools for pressure and stroking), and Moxibustion (a method to deeply nourish and warm your body and mind).
- Recommended for a wide range of conditions, from anxiety and frustration to injury rehabilitation and chronic pain. The list is endless, so please enquire further. Experience the special treat of Dissolve therapy, an effective method to release tension deep within the body, including areas associated with your internal organs.
- Your first session includes a 15-30 minutes consultation & diagnostics, ensuring a personalized treatment tailored to your needs. Embark on your journey to wellness so you too can find Harmony Within. Book your session today and experience the transformative power of holistic healing! 🌿
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What is Tuina Massage?
Tuina massage, often referred to as “Chinese therapeutic massage,” is a healing modality with roots going back to over 2000 years ago. It combines the principles of acupuncture and TCM with manual manipulation techniques.
Through precise hand movements, pressure, and stretching, Tuina targets specific energy pathways known as meridians, stimulating the body’s innate ability to heal.
These are generally practiced as a “dry massage” , thus you have an option to stay fully clothed for most parts.
Oil options are of course available.
Tuina encompasses a diverse array of techniques tailored to individual needs, which makes it truly holistic.
These techniques include acupressure, kneading, rolling, grasping, rocking and friction, all aimed at addressing imbalances and promoting the free flow of Qi (vital energy) throughout the body.
Effects and Benefits:
The effects of Tuina massage extend beyond mere relaxation.
This therapeutic modality has been shown to alleviate pain, reduce stress, improve circulation, enhance flexibility, and boost overall well-being. By restoring harmony to the body’s systems, Tuina fosters a state of equilibrium conducive to optimal health.
It is a fantastic healing art which addresses both the internal landscape – state of mind and organs – and the external – muscles, tendons and fascia.
Thus it is able to address all sorts of conditions of dis-eas such as injury, acute or chronic pain, digestive or breathing issues, mood disorders, period pains and much more.
Feel free to enquire if you are unsure wether this therapy is suitable for you.
Comparing Tuina Massage:
Tuina vs. Swedish Massage:
While both Tuina and Swedish massage offer relaxation and stress relief, Tuina delves deeper into the body’s energetic meridians, targeting specific points to restore balance and alleviate ailments.
Tuina vs. Deep Tissue Massage:
Deep tissue massage primarily focuses on releasing tension in the muscles and connective tissues. Tuina, on the other hand, incorporates techniques to address not only muscular tension but also energy blockages, providing a comprehensive approach to healing.
Tuina vs. Sports Massage:
Sports massage aims to enhance athletic performance, prevent injuries, and expedite recovery. Tuina shares similar goals but achieves them through the lens of TCM, balancing the body’s energies and promoting optimal function to support athletic endeavors.
In essence, Tuina massage offers a unique blend of ancient wisdom and modern therapeutic techniques, making it a powerful tool for holistic healing and wellness. Experience the profound benefits of Tuina and embark on a journey towards harmony, vitality, and renewed vitality.
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Cupping and Guasha
A famous doctor of Chinese Medicine (Zhu Danxie) said that: stagnation of qi and blood generates all disorders.
Cupping and guasha are excellent tools for moving local stagnation of these substances.
As well as clearing excess – manifesting in fever, flu, anxiety or muscle stiffness.
Cupping involves small glass cups. I briefly expose the cups to fire in order to create suction, before placing them onto your skin.
Guasha involves a smooth-edged instrument (usually honey pot lids or jade tools).
In practice I gently scrape your skin until “sha” – petechiae i.e. sand like spots- appear.
What to expect
These methodologies of alternative medicine may leave a mark on your skin.
Cupping usually results in small purplish circles. Whilst Guasha creates small red spots, which resembles sand. Both of these should resolve within a few days (sometimes up to two weeks).
In most instances I apply massage oils throughout these treatment methods. Therefore these interventions usually do not incur any pain.
Both therapies are based around the same principles. They bring qi to the surface to increases blood circulation. Which is why they are excellent at treating painful conditions such as muscle tension and sciatica.
I mostly use these on areas of the back and neck to treat ‘internal’ conditions which may manifest in fever, common cold, acne, anxiety and stress or even chest infection. I may also use them to treat different types of musculo-skeletal conditions.
Would you like to try some Cupping or Guasha?
Alternative & Complimentary Medicine is fully tailerod to your personal needs
Your therapist may propose to use some of these healing methodologies according to your presentation. However Every treatment method is subject to discussion and your consent.