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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