What is Traditional Chinese Massage ?
It is a common belief among Chinese experts & medical practitioners that energy is required to move continuously within the body in order to help relieve stress & build the body’s immune system which in turn prevents diseases.
There are two basic kinds of Chinese Traditional Massage; namely, the “Tui Na” & the “Zhi Ya”. The application of these two techniques does differ. however, people do experience a unique strength & vigour after a massage session that usually last for 30 minutes. The practice of Chinese Massage has become popular all over the world.
Chinese Massage Basics
Chinese medicine is quite similar to acupuncture, they both focus on channelling of energy points that effectively transport & guide blood & energy all over the body.
The aim of these medical procedures is to achieve a balance that will eventually protect the person from all sorts of infection while ensuring the optimal functioning of organs in the body. When there is a blockage in these channels, the person may experience pain & become susceptible to disease.
An interesting fact was revealed in a 2013 study by the American Massage Therapy Association, according to the report, that regular massage does treat diverse chronic diseases like chronic low back pain, cardio-vascular anomalies & rheumatoid arthritis. It is therefore apparent that the masseuse can identify which pathways are blocked & pressure required.
Chinese Massage Techniques
The technique referred to as Tui Na involves the stretching, kneading & pushing of the muscles while the second process referred to as Zhi Ya focusses on pressing & pinching of acupressure points in order to relieve stress & pain.
Both methods are based on the treatment principle of relative effects. In essence, the body is stimulated to release more hormones, normalize blood flow & boost the general body energy.
” Shou Fa” also referred to as ‘hand technique’ is further classed into the ” Yin ” or sedating technique & the “Yang” also regarded as the stimulating technique. The principle of this technique is to balance both Yin & Yang in order to achieve health.
Benefits of Chinese Massage
Chinese Massage therapy is very efficient in providing relief from sores & injured muscles. These techniques work by enhancing blood flow to different parts of the body thereby increasing general health & eradicating lactic acid build up.
The results leaves the recipient in a relaxed mood & eased from psychological & physical stress. This is a great way to unwind & rejuvenate.
It is evident that regular massage increases the body’s immune system thereby enhancing resistance to degenerative diseases pertaining to muscles, internal organs & the skeletal system.
It was revealed in a 2012 study titled ” Archives of Disease in Childhood” that significant improvement was observed in patients that were treated using these massage techniques.
Chinese Massage for Healing
The healing process & recovery from diseases is greatly enhanced by boosting blood flow to different points of the body. A 30 to 60 minutes massage session taken twice a month will go a long way in revitalizing the body.
Massage therapy does enhance muscle repair & recovery, this fact was affirmed by a publication in the “Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine” in September 2010.
Chinese massage techniques is also very efficient in enhancing recovery from disease conditions like hypertension, diabetes, muscular diseases, infection, lung problems & heart conditions.
Massage in any form has been proven to give you a better wellbeing. Research keeps showing the benefits of different types of massage for different conditions. I find it strange that our ancestors used all these techniques centuries ago & they seem to have had a better understanding of the benefits of massage then we ever thought.
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