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Chinese Medical Massage

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A session consists of a short diagnostic examination with postural analysis, pulse diagnosis, and abdominal palpation, followed by bodywork based on the patient’s presentation.

A session can include acupressure, gua sha, moxibustion, cupping and acupuncture depending on the client. 

It utilizes a variety of hand techniques, such as pushing and kneading, myofascial release, rhythmic compression, acupressure, and passive or active stretching.

Aftercare instructions such as dietary modification, herbal suggestions, qi gong instruction, as well as stretching and strengthening techniques will continue the process until the next session.

Chinese Medical Massage can be effective for pain relief & disorders including insomnia, constipation, headaches, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, premenstrual syndrome, and emotional problems. It can also treat disorders related to digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems.

Possible Additions to Chinese medical Massage can include one or more of the following ::

Acupuncture

An ancient manual therapy involving the insertion of thin filaments into specific acupuncture points to address imbalances in the physical, emotional and mental realms. 

Cupping Therapy

A process of applying glass or plastic suction cups to move stagnation by loosening tight musculature, softening fascia, and promoting circulation of blood and fluids. By creating a partial vacuum within the cups, skin, layers of connective tissue, and muscle are pulled in, thereby stimulating the blood vessels, softening tissue and the ground substance within the underlying fascia.

Cupping can result in temporary circular marks that resemble bruises in the areas of application.  They typically last a few minutes to a few days or up to a week, depending on how much stagnation there was the the area.  This is a completely normal reaction and should be expected during a treatment.

Gua Sha 

The scraping of the skin in a unilateral direction with specific tools to produce light “bruising”.  This effect regulates the enzyme heme oxygenase-1 which is highly anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory at a systemic level.  Gua sha causes microtraumas to the fine capillaries in the skin, causing increased blood flow to the problem areas and helps to improve the pliability of the underlying fascia, causing it to soften and release. It improves immunity and produces anti-inflammatory responses which can last for several days.

It is helpful in the treatment of pain and for functional problems with impaired motion, infectious diseases, upper respiratory and digestive ailments, and many acute and chronic disorders involving inflammation.

Although the application doesn’t break the skin, it’s results can be dramatic, looking similar to a scrape or bruise. The area should begin to clear immediately and rarely lasts more than a few days to a week.  Must accompany a massage or acupuncture treatment. $25 (15 mins)

Moxibustion

A form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials called “moxa” are burned on or very near the surface of the skin. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences.