A bit of backgroundfree massage

TuiNa is part of traditional Chinese medicine and one of the oldest treatments alongside acupuncture and phytotherapy. The aim of TuiNa is to promote the circulation of qi – vital energy – in the body by unblocking the meridians (energy channels), balancing left and right sides of the body, top and bottom, and back and front. The massage incorporates all parts of the body from the head to feet.

What to expect

You can expect a full consultation before your treatment and it is useful to mention any injuries or areas causing discomfort. It is good to know if you like firm or light pressure during your treatment. Your massage table will be set up and the therapist will leave the room to wash her hands, giving you time to undress and settle on the table between the prepared towels, lying on your stomach to start. The therapist will ensure you are suitably covered at all times, uncovering only the part of the body to be massaged. A minimum amount of massage oil is used, just enough for comfort and treatment starts with a hands-on pause to allow the therapist to make first contact. The massage begins with long, slow strokes (effleurage) to warm up muscle tissue prior to working on releasing any knots or areas of tension. Different techniques exist in Chinese massage, notably the « gunfa » which uses the pressure of the knuckles in a rhythmic rolling movement to alleviate tension. The forearms and even elbows can be used as well as the hands. Different acupuncture points can be stimulated to alleviate varying problems according to Chinese medicine. Generally speaking TuiNa tries to find your aches and pains and act upon them.

TuiNa is a very complete form of massage, working from the tips of the toes to the top of the head. As such you can benefit from it on just part of your body e.g. feet or head (see Part Body Massages) and still come away feeling invigorated.

Need more information?

If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact me by phone or email.