Massage has been practised in Chinese medicine for thousands of years, with documents dating back to the 2nd century BCE. Unlike Deep Tissue or Sports Massage, which aim to relieve tight muscle knots by increasing blood flow to the area, Chinese Massage techniques aim to improve overall health by improving the flow of energy, or “qi,” around the body.
What exactly is Qi
Massage methods used in China
Chinese massage can be divided into two categories.
Tui Na (pronounced “twee na”) uses kneading, slicing, and stretching movements to relieve sore points and blockages in the body’s muscular system, similar to Deep Tissue Massage.
In Acupressure, Reflexology, and Qigong, Zhi Ya (pronounced “zee yah”) uses pinching and squeezing techniques on the skin’s surface.
The practitioner’s goal in both forms of traditional Chinese massage is to relieve both physical and energetic stress in order to restore equilibrium and kickstart the body’s natural healing process.
What are some of the possible advantages of Chinese massage?
Chinese massage is a common alternative therapy that is practised all over the world. There are several advantages to incorporating Chinese massage into your daily routine.
1. Has the ability to raise energy levels
A Chinese massage practitioner will decide which vigorous or soothing techniques to use to help you find inner peace, depending on whether you need to speed up (“yang” energy) or slow down (“yin” energy). Chinese massage can also help you get a better night’s sleep, allowing you to face the day with renewed vigour.
2. Reduce the time it takes for soft tissue injuries to heal
If you have discomfort or tension in your lower back, frozen shoulder, or sciatica, massaging soft tissue improves blood flow, which can result in stiffness relief and pain reduction.
3. Improve the blood circulation
Since the body’s main meridians also operate alongside the cardiovascular system, qi has physiological links to good circulation. Perpendicular pressure and a rolling fist are two hand strategies that promote and re-energize blood flow.
4. Dissolve scar tissue
Massage therapy can help people with swollen joints and limited mobility due to previous injuries increase their range of motion and relieve pain.
5. Encourage mental well-being
The soothing touch massage, which is based on the principle of balance, can be an especially encouraging and refreshing treatment for those who are feeling down or overwhelmed. On a physical level, muscle release can help you relax and sleep better, while energetic blockages can keep emotional tension in your body, which can lead to anxiety and depression.