Oriental bodywork includes massage, shiatsu, tuina, meridian massage, bone-setting manipulations and is aimed not only at musculosceletal system but at balancing the core energetic system of the patient as well.
Tui Na, is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, fire cupping and Chinese herbs. Tui Na is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is taught in TCM schools as part of formal training in Oriental Medicine. Tui Na has been used extensively in China for over 2,000 years. Today it is subdivided into specialized treatment for infants, adults, orthopedics, traumatology, cosmetology, rehabilitation, sports medicine, etc.
The words Tui Na translate into "push-grasp" or "poke-pinch" in Chinese. Tui Na is an Physically, it is a series of pressing, tapping, and kneading with palms, fingertips, knuckles or implements that help the body to remove blockages along the meridians of the body and stimulates the flow of qi and blood to promote healing, similar to principles of acupuncture, moxibustion, and acupressure. Techniques include brushing, kneading, rolling/pressing and rubing the areas between each of the joints (known as the eight gates) to open the body's defensvie (wei) chi and get the energy moving in both the meridians and the muscles. Then range of motion, traction, massage, with the stimulation of acupressure points can be used. Tui Na's massage-like techniques range from light stroking to deep-tissue work which would be considered too vigorous or too painful for a recreational or relaxing massage. We often use liniment, plasters, herbal compresses and packs to aid in the healing process. In a typical adult Tui Na session, the patient wears loose clothing and lies on a massage table. Treatment sessions last from 10 minutes to over an hour. Patients often return for additional treatments for chronic conditions. Tui Na used to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions.
Acupressure(a portmanteau of "acupuncture" and "pressure") is a Ttraditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique based on the same ideas as acupuncture. Acupoints used in treatment may or may not be in the same area of the body as the targeted symptom. The TCM theory for the selection of such points and their effectiveness is that they work by stimulating the meridian system to bring about relief by rebalancing yin, yang and qi (also spelled "chi"). Acupressure involves placing physical pressure by hand, elbow, or with the aid of various devices on different acupuncture points on the surface of the body.
Shiatsu. Originated in Japan and migrated to many corners of the Earth. The characteristic of Shiatsu is to practice using only the fingers, palms and especially the thumbs, but the essence of Shiatsu is "Diagnosis and Therapy combined." Shiatsu does not always require previous diagnosis before commencing treatment. In modern medicine, the course of treatment can only be decided after a diagnosis has been made. In TCM, it is also necessary to diagnose before treating. "Diagnosis and Therapy combined" is the ability of the practitioner to use his sensory organs (palms, fingers and thumbs) to detect irregularities, such as stiffness of the surface of the body, and to promptly correct or heal these problems. To acquire this amazing skill takes considerable experience. In Shiatsu Therapy, practitioners promote the prevention and recovery of illnesses by stimulating the immune system and natural healing power that people already possess. Therefore, even without a diagnosis or with a language barrier, practitioners can treat patients. Treating the body as a whole helps to restore the physical functions of the nervous system, circulatory system, bone structure, muscles, and internal secretion and stimulates its natural ability to heal illness. That being said, skilled Shiatsu treatment can contribute considerably to regional health and medical treatment.
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