Chinese Massage / Tuina
Tuina (also called Anmo) is the oldest known system of massage and physical therapy in the world. Originating in China 15,000 years ago, the oldest record of medical massage for trauma was carved on turtle shells. In the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine (the first comprehensive treaty of Chinese medicine) from 230 B.C., Tuina was described as one of the five major therapies of the time. Tuina has remained an organized and systematically developed form of massage and physical therapy since that time. Currently in China, Tuina is taught as a separate but equal field of study in the major traditional Chinese medical schools. Tuina can be a specialty in itself but we are trained in all aspects of Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture and herbology.
Tuina is well suited for the treatment of headaches, specific musculoskeletal disorders (stiffness, spasm, cramp, inflammation, pains, numbness, and tingling), allergies and sinusitis, chronic stress-related emotional disorders, digestive disorders, respiratory conditions, and reproductive dysfunctions. It can generally improve poor blood circulation and related symptoms. It can help to improve muscle and skin tone for women after child birth, age-related changes in men and women, and patients who have suffered prolonged illnesses.
A diagnosis is strongly based on the Chinese Medicine principles. This includes the assessment of every facet of the mind, body and spirit complex. Every sign and symptom reflects the internal state of the body and can be used in assessment, providing information about the psychological state of the person as well as the prognosis of the imbalance.
Once an appropriate diagnosis is made, we can treat the body appropriately to remove blockages, free the flow of energy, and bring healing to the affected areas.