Based on principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, this modality is used primarily for medical / therapeutic purposes and works to correct musculoskeletal conditions and physiological imbalances.
It utilizes a variety of hand techniques, such as pushing and kneading, myofascial release, rhythmic compression, acupressure, and passive or active stretching in order to relax muscles that are putting unwanted stress on underlying tissues, organs, and bony structures and to restore correct anatomical relationships.
A session consists of a short diagnostic examination with postural analysis, pulse diagnosis, and abdominal palpation, followed by bodywork based on the diagnostic findings. Based on the patient’s presentation, other Chinese Medicine modalities such as acupressure, gua sha, moxibustion, and cupping will be suggested and utilized with the client’s permission.
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.
Massages are typically 60 min, but can be longer or shorter depending on the patient’s preference and followup appointment suggestions can be made based on the first session. First time participants may benefit from a longer treatment.
Chinese Medical Massage can be effective for pain relief as well as 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.