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Different Forms Of Asian Bodywork Therapy

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Most people are unaware of the benefits that a practitioner of Oriental Medicine in Jacksonville or Asian bodywork can offer. If you’re unsure of the different styles of Asian bodywork or are unsure of where to begin, you have not yet tried this type of therapy.

When talking about Asian bodywork, one of the first things that come to mind is that Asian people are the only one’s offering these techniques. Asian bodywork is actually practiced and performed by every ethnicity these days. Those healers have gone through rigorous training and certification and are practicing these techniques in several rural areas, suburbs, and even in homes. Simply ask for your therapist’s credentials if you’re not sure about them. Elite practitioners and therapists of Asian bodywork have certification provided by the AOBTA or the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia.

Asian style therapists utilize several different modalities including Swedish massage and other traditional techniques. In their massage, several Western approaches do not avail of the use of ‘energy’ primarily because it can be difficult to think about it since they actually cannot be seen. However, most of us are familiar about the central nervous system. In Asian style bodywork, the therapist is performing the massage in such a way that restores balance to the person making him not too drowsy after a massage session, even in Swedish massage.

Asian bodywork therapists also use various unique modalities. According to ancient documents, the Chinese have been using massage for thousands of years ago, before anyone else. This implies that ALL forms of massages originated in China in one way or another. Tui Na is the number one type of massage practiced in China today. It is a medical version of massage with less ‘fluff’ and more therapeutic value and is also used to provide orthopedic massage, and physical therapy and for treatment of sports injuries and ailments. It uses a unique set of hand techniques that’s way beyond strokes and entails very little disrobing and little-to-no oils. Tui Na uses deep tissue techniques, sports therapies, traction, stretching, and acupressure.

Acupressure is basically massaging the acupoints of the body. It is very similar to Shiatsu, but traditionally is performed on the floor.

Reflexology utilizes various parts of the body including the ear, hand, and foot to address those ‘reflex zones’ that will lead to the treatment of the entire body. Foot reflexology is the most popular type of reflexology. Most foot reflexology treatments are done by a skilled therapist who took a single class on the subject and performs a simple foot rub on the client. Real foot reflexology does not use foot baths, crèmes, or lotions. Instead it uses very special finger and thumb techniques to work the foot in a very specific way and direction. Talk to your therapist if you plan to get a real foot reflexology therapy.

I urge you to look for an Asian bodywork therapist in your area and ask for a consultation or try one of their special treatments. Other healing therapies include Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Lomi Lomi, and more.

Written by Valerie

September 25th, 2018 at 2:14 pm