You may not be aware of this fact, but there are many different types of massage therapy
in existence that have originated in different cultures around the world.
Although the therapies and techniques differ from each other, they all have one thing
in common; they are all designed to improve the health and well-being of the person
receiving the therapy.
We are going to take a look at Traditional Chinese Massage, as well as two other types
of massage therapy so that you can see how they work and how they differ from each other.
“Massage therapies may all be different when
it comes to the techniques used, but they are all
designed help to improve the overall health and
well-being of the person undergoing the massage.”
It involves the use of essential oils to help heal and relax the body.
Every essential oil that is used has its own individual properties which are designed to elicit
certain results when used on various areas of the body.
Aromatherapy should help to life the spirits of the person who is undergoing the treatment
as well as making them feel invigorated.
It involves the balancing of energy and is based on Chinese techniques.
During Amma, a series of different motions are used, including pressing, stretching and stroking.
The expert carrying out the massage uses a variety of different parts of their body including their
thumbs, fingers, elbows and feet.
All of these body parts are used to apply pressure to the meridians or pathways in the body.
During Amma all of the movements used are smooth and have a flow to them.
This is because it’s considered important that the energy flows freely; almost like a liquid.
Although the person undergoing the massage can be either seated or lying down it’s usually
considered that lying down is the best position for optimum effect.
This position enables the best flow of energy.
When it comes to Traditional Chinese Massage, the two most common techniques are Tui na
where the emphasis is on the pushing and stretching of muscles and Zhi Ya where the emphasis
is on pinching and pressing at the acupuncture points around the body.
It’s important to note that the Tui Na technique is designed more as a form of physiotherapy,
to relieve health issues, than as a relaxing massage technique.
Experts train to carry out this technique; you can click this link for more information.
They use a combination of massage techniques and traditional Chinese medicines, to help with
a variety of ailments.
The aim of the treatments is to help improve the overall wellness of the entire body.
As you can see, the umbrella term “massage” can be used to relate to several different therapies;
these are just three of out of the large numbers that exist.
The therapies may all be different when it comes to the techniques used but they all have the central
theme of improving the overall body health and well-being of the person undergoing the massage.
Have you used Traditional Chinese Massage to improve your health and wellness?
What types of massage therapies have you enjoyed?
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