Dr. Brenda Yanofsky, EdD, LAc
Chinese medical massage and Tui Na are important healing components intraditional Chinese medicine. Tui Na has been well documented throughout the five thousand years of Chinese history. This massage method provides innumerable benefits for complementary treatments and treatment of Qi and blood. Massage utilizing the knowledge and theory of meridians and energy provides a fantastic template to develop a no-needle treatment plan. Tui Na differs from other forms of massage as it is used to treat specific illnesses, internal illnesses as well as muscular/skeletal ailments.
Massage and Tui Na utilize the meridian theory of Chinese medicine. It practices a variety of massage and manipulation to restore a balanced flow of Qi throughout the body, and therefore reestablishing a state of optimal health.
The foundation and techniques stimulate the flow of Qi by directly manipulating and establishing the realignment of muscle and ligament relationships. Cupping and moxibustion are also included under the Tui Na umbrella of techniques. Massage techniques encourage and allow the release of healing energies.
Indications from massage and Tui Na include the following:
- Cellulite detoxification
- Digestive disorders
- Limited ROM (range of motion)
- Muscular skeletal pain
- Pain in the lower back, shoulder & leg
- Pain management
- Post-operative pain
- Psychological problems
- Stress reduction
Massage and Tui Na manipulation can relieve pain as well as treat the internal organs. Regular treatments may prevent reoccurring symptoms. Regular whole-body sessions are excellent for preventative wellness treatments. The relationship between practitioner and patient creates a foundation of communication regarding the best individualized treatment.
It is important that the patient be relaxed during the session. Therefore a careful description of the treatment modality builds confidence and creates comfort in the treatment setting. In most sessions the massage will begin at the head or the feet and is a personalized plan depending on the ailments and diagnosis.
There are two kinds of massage: centripetal and centrifugal. Centripetal massage simple means that the blood is massaged toward the heart speeding the return of the blood and lymph. Centrifugal moves the blood and lymph away from the heart. An excellent relaxing treatment
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