What is Asian Bodywork?
Monitoring and increasing the flow of the vital life energy (qi/chi/ki) is at the heart of Asian bodywork (AB) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
TCM is a broad range of medicine practices sharing common concepts which have been developed in China and are based on a tradition of more than 2,000 years, including various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (Tui na), exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy.
The doctrines of AB/TCM are rooted in books such as the “Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon”, as well as in cosmological and Taoist notions like Yin-Yang and the five elements (wood,fire,earth,metal,water). TCM’s view of the body places little emphasis on anatomical structures, but is mainly concerned with the identification of functional entities (which regulate digestion, breathing, aging etc.).
While health is perceived as harmonious interaction of these entities and the outside world, disease is interpreted as a disharmony in interaction. TCM diagnosis includes in tracing symptoms to patterns of an underlying disharmony.
There are twelve major energy channels in your body and hundreds of acu-points all over the body. Each of these acu-points affects the balance and flow of your body’s Qi (energy). Qi~ssage combines the energy principles of Qigong with the art of massage.
Tui Na is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with acupuncture, cupping therapy, gua sha and Qigong, among other modalities, and is an integral part of TCM and is taught in TCM schools as part of formal training in Oriental medicine.
Tui na is a hands-on form of Asian bodywork that uses Chinese Taoist and martial arts principles in an effort to bring the eight principles of TCM into balance. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press, and rub the areas between each of the joints and get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles. The practitioner can then use range of motion, traction, and massage, with the stimulation of acu-points.
Chinese Cupping Therapy
Massage cupping is a modified version of the common, ancient practice of cupping therapy, used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and the results that this simple treatment produces are impressive. Through suction and negative pressure, massage cupping releases rigid soft tissue; drain excess fluids and toxins; loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue; and bring blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles.
Gua Sha is abrading the skin with pieces of smooth jade, bone, animal tusks or horns or smooth stones; until red spots then bruising cover the area to which it is done. It is believed that this treatment is for almost any ailment including cholera. The red spots and bruising take 3 to 10 days to heal, there is often some soreness in the area that has been treated.