Acupressure, Tui Na, Chinese Cupping and Gua Sha
Acupressure and Tui Na: RanDee practices this form of massage, which is often called acupuncture without the needles. Instead of needles, acupressure involves the application of manual pressure to specific points on the body. This pressure is paired with various movements, stretches, and strokes; the combination of therapies is called Tui Na.
Tui Na targets energy called "chi" or "qi" which flows along lines of energy in the body called meridians. Acupuncture and acupressure points lie on those meridians. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine if qi is blocked at any point along a meridian, it's thought to be the cause of ailments and lead to pain or disease anywhere along the meridian.
Chinese Cupping: Haley and Jesse practice this form of Chinese massage. This technique uses small glass cups as suction devices on the skin. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping encourage blood flow, sedate the nervous system, relieve back pain and neck pain, muscle tension, anxiety, fatigue, and headaches.
Gua Sha: A form of Chinese massage that utilizes a Chinese soup spoon to release adhesions in muscle and connective tissue. This technique can be modified to be mild to intense depending on treatment style required or requested.
When scheduling a Chinese massage treatment your therapist will ask for more information on your pain or specific ailment and will use this to develop an individualized treatment plan. Some treatments may also be integrated into a Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage.
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