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Athletes and Soldiers Have Benefited from Chinese Massage Therapy For Decades

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Chinese massage therapy holds several mental, physical, and physiological health benefits. It’s especially important for military personnel and athletes, as it not only help the body recuperate from injury but also prevent and bolster the circulation of blood in the body. A very skilled massage therapist may provide soldiers and athletes stay in or achieve peak physical condition at any phase of training by means of sports oriented Chinese massage procedures.

Chinese massage therapy helps enhance lymph and blood cell function to deprived and damaged regions to bring about repair. The different kinds of deep tissue Chinese massage can help decrease build up of lactic acid and help the muscles to recover faster. This therapy may also be utilized to enhance muscles elasticity and trigger the breakdown of past scar tissue. The positive results can maintain and physically fix the body of a soldier or athlete.

Mentally, a soldier or athlete should always be constantly prepared. At-the-ready or being on edge all the time can lead to stress and anxiety. Though it guarantees alertness, these stressors can also affect performance. These feelings of anxiety can be easily reduced with this technique and can even promote mental acuity.

Physiologically, the body of a soldier or athlete can at times, withstand severe and several beatings. Tensed muscles that can cause inflammation and pain can be relieved through Chinese massage. For most people, Chinese massage therapy is a much preferred alternative over prescription painkillers. This therapy can relax, calm and soothe the body before or after bodily exertion.

Lots of soldiers and athletes can stay in peak performance condition as long as they keep practicing proper Chinese massage routines and work with an experienced therapist. Both military people and athletes depend on their bodies to keep them in tip top form, and each depends on their body to succeed and overcome beyond their normal physical and mental limits. Chinese massage stimulates muscles and prevent injuries and the bodies of people receiving this therapy will be rewarded with peak performance.

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110 N Orlando Ave
Maitland, FL 32751
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Written by Valerie

March 5th, 2019 at 11:41 am

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The Five Different Techniques Of Chinese Massage Therapy

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners in Jacksonville apply Chinese Massage Therapy, a general term for all tissue manipulation methods to loosen muscle tension and relieve muscular aches and pain. This specific component of TCM is made up of five popular techniques that include manipulation of organ systems and internal and of inner fascia, nerves, joints, tendons, muscles, and external skin.

Chinese massage therapy has been practiced for thousands of years as a preventive as well as a healing modality. Through the application of certain procedures of tissue manipulations, blockages in the energy pathways can be eliminated, increasing and promoting both the flow of blood and energy (chi).

The aim of Chinese massage therapy is to enhance the body’s structural alignment and on treating injuries in the soft tissue. It also remedies any wayward functions of the joints, nerves, and internal organs. Chinese tissue and bodywork therapy are the foundational source for modern therapeutic neuromuscular therapy, reflexology, myofascial trigger point therapy, and Swedish massage therapy.

There are five different schools of thought in Chinese massage therapy: Jing Point, An Mo, Gua Sha, Tui Na, and Jie Gu therapy. Gua Sha, Tui Na, and Jie Cu utilize external tissue manipulations and all three external manipulations are used to treat fevers as well as problems in the tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones. Jing Point and An Mo therapy use soft-tissue manipulation. These therapeutic intervention are the same as those used in massage therapy, Western physical therapy, osteopathy, and chiropractic medicine.

To treat nerves and organs, these two internal manipulations are commonly used.

1. Jing Point Therapy: This helps regulate the internal organs and meridians of the body. Jing point therapy makes use of tapping, clapping, pinching, and pressing techniques on targeted energetic meridians and points. These procedures are used to eliminate pathogens, dredge the meridians, tonify weak organs, balance the yin and yang energy of the body , and increase blood and chi flow in the body .

2. An Mo Therapy: Helps in regulating the function of internal organs. An Mo mainly focuses on internal organ and soft tissue manipulation and chi extension. While An Mo, literal means “to press and rub,” it mainly focuses on internal visceral regulation, primarily dealing with treatment of certain internal diseases.

External manipulation techniques used to treat tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones as well as fever.

1. Gua Sha Therapy: This can be used to resolve musculoskeletal conditions and to address febrile conditions, such as malaria, cholera, and flu. Gua Sha literally means “to scratch or scrape” and sand-like maculae (pertaining to the red skin discoloration that is raised on the surface from the scraping of the skin) or “cholera,” respectively. This technique mainly uses external surface tissue scraping, often around the thorax, and neck regions. It is commonly used for boosting blood and chi circulation, dissolving masses, eliminating stagnation, cooling the blood, expelling heat, and removing toxins. A jade scraper (spoon, bowl, or coin) is used to convert the spirit (shen) and purify chi. For drawing toxins and heat on the surface of the skin of the patient, a horn from a water buffalo horn is oftentimes used (never plastic or glass, but sometimes ceramic).

2. Tui Na Therapy: Helps adjust tendons and muscles and uses external tissue manipulation to rectify irregular flow of chi in the muscular system of the body. In Chinese language, Tui Na translates to “push and grasp.” It was mainly designed to rectify any misalignment of the muscles and bones of the body caused by traumatic physical injuries. Historically, reflexology has its roots in the use of Tui-Na therapy in Chinese pediatric care.

3. Jie Gu Therapy: Used to adjust body alignment and for bone setting. Jie Gu literally translates to “knotted bone,” that depicts the practice of manipulating the ligaments and bones to undo the blocked junctions of chi and blood channels in the joints of the patient.

Written by Valerie

November 28th, 2017 at 3:20 am