December 16, 2018

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Chinese foot massage - is one traditional way to relax.
 

Traditional Chinese foot massage consists of a foot bath followed by an intense massage on various pressure points in the feet, ankles and legs. Chinese foot massage has been practiced for centuries and is a popular pastime in China. Nowadays It is widely performed in hospitals and massage parlors. While the quality of a traditional Chinese foot massage may vary, it typically begins with being seated on a foot stool while soaking the feet in hot water infused with tea and herbs. The massage is often painful, particularly for first timers because it is believed that each part of the foot is connected to a part of the body. If soreness is felt in a particular part of the foot, it is believed the corresponding part of the body has a problem. A cup of tea is often served before, during or after the massage.

 

 

Tuina
  Tuina (Tui Na) is an Oriental Bodywork Therapy that has been used in China for 2,000 years. Tuina (Tui Na) uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi through the meridians as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques Tuina (Tui Na) seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system of  channels and collaterals, allowing the body the naturally heal itself. Tuina (Tui Na) methods include the use of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi , and manipulation techniques to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships (bone-setting). External herbal poultices, compresses, liniments, and salves are also used to enhance the other therapeutic methods. Tuina (Tui Na) has a variety of different systems that emphasize particular aspects of these therapeutic principles. 

The main schools in China include the rolling method school which emphasizes soft tissue techniques and specializes in joint  injuries and muscle sprains, the one finger pushing method school which emphasizes techniques for acupressure and the treatment of  internal diseases, and Nei Gung method school which emphasizes the use of Nei Gong Qi energy generation exercises and specific massage methods for revitalizing depleted energy systems, and the bone setting method school which emphasizes manipulation methods to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships and specializes in joint injuries and nerve pain.


Cupping
  Cupping refers to an ancient Chinese practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by using change in heat or by  suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup. In some cases, the cup may be moved while the suction of skin is active, causing a regional pulling of the skin and muscle (the technique is called gliding cupping). This treatment has some relation to certain massage techniques, such as the rapid skin pinching along the back that is an important aspect of Tuina.
Cupping also applied by acupuncturists to certain acupuncture points, as well as to regions of the body that are affected by pain (where the pain is deeper than the tissues to be pulled). Still, a certain amount of bruising is expected both from fixed position cupping  (especially at the site of the cup rim) and with movement of the cups.
 
Accupuncture
  Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Acupuncture originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of acu-points on the body by a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles  that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.  Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience cupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pains as the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Maximizing health, relieving pain. Your body is a dynamic environment of interrelating and interconnecting networks.  Some of these networks are obvious and others are more subtle. Western science has focused it?s attention on the obvious networks such as the nervous, circulatory, endocrine, and lymphatic systems. Millions of patients have enjoyed the benefits of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. They report the elimination or reduction of pain, and increase in function, and a greater sense of vitality and well-being. The needles are usually retained in the body for 10 minutes to one hour.

While the patient is relaxed, the Acupuncture practitioner may choose to manipulate particular needles at particular Acupuncture point to give desired effects. This action is to either tonify, nourish, or strengthen, or conversely, to drain or subdue.

It should be known that many conditions can take many months of treatments to obtain desired results. For instance, Chronic low back pain that has been nagging someone for 10 years may see some very quick results, although, any substantial lasting effects would actually take months or even years of regular treatments. The acupuncture practitioner will find out all they can about the particular condition and judge how frequent and how long treatment is
indicated according to the severity and duration.

Aromatherapy
  is the enhancement of the body, mind, and spirit using therapeutic essential oil essences. Through a relaxing massage the essential oils encourage healing. Each essence used during the massage is extracted from specific cells within living plants such as blossoms, fruits, roots, herbs, and seeds. Essential oils may be enjoyed in various applications such as massages, baths, inhalations, facial creams, body scrubs, and sprays. Some healing properties that result from the application of essential oils include: antibacterial, antiseptic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory.Through the manipulation of pressure points along the spine, Dao's romatherapy massage works on the autonomic nervous system having an immediate overall relaxational effect. It is wonderful to help increase circulation, eliminate toxins, improve lymphatic drainage, relieve muscular aches and pains, reduce tissue congestion, and reduce menstrual tension and fluid retention.
 
Classical relaxing
  The main purpose of Classical massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management. It also has many specific medical uses.Massage feels good, is relaxing and invigorating. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, while promoting health and well being.
 
Moxibustion
  is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing.
The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.  In traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and qi.
 
Medicinal Bath
 

This is very old in China. Mix the water with a decoction of medicinal ingredients to wash or fume the body. This method was recorded over 2,000 years ago. Legends say that in the Zhou Dynasty (11th century-770 B. C.) bathing in "fragrant water" was very popular. A Qing Dynasty document also wrote that "bathing in water mixed with wolf berry decoction can prevent diseases and postpone the aging process. " Medicinal baths can protect the skin, strengthen physique, treat and prevent diseases. Different ingredients in the bath water have different functions. The medicinal bath can treat and prevent many skin diseases such as nettle rash, geriatric dry skin, itching, as well as symptoms of rheumatic arthritis, chronic lumbar pain and backache, anal ailments, eye diseases and mycosis.  

*** "Life is short, (the health) art is long.... It is not enough for the physician to do what is necessary, but the patient and attendant must do their part as well, and circumstances must be favorable." Hippocrates circa 431 B.C

 

 

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