Tui Na, (pronounced “twea nah”) is a deep tissue massage originally from China, and is a fundamental part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), along with Acupuncture, Acupressure, Chinese Herbs, Cupping, Moxibustion, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Tui Na is used in many hospitals in China as the first and only choice of healthcare.

Tui Na (which literally means push and grab) incorporates the TCM theory that injury or disease causes blockages in the channels of the body. Blockages cause pain.

There are an variety of techniques used, such as chopping, kneading, hacking, perpendicular pressure, and rolling fist, which the therapist will use to remove tension/spasm in the muscles and blockages of Chi in the channels. This makes Tui Na a complete massage, because there are two aspects to it: firstly, just like western massages, it works the muscles helping them to relax, removing stagnation and allowing the blood to flow more freely throughout the area, giving the muscle the optimum chance of repairing itself. Secondly, because of its Eastern origins, it works with restoring the balance of Chi. Tui Na presses on certain acupressure points in the body’s meridian system to stimulate the body’s own healing process.

Chi, or Qi, is universal life force energy, which all living forms have. When one’s Chi is strong, well balanced and flowing freely throughout the body, then the individual is healthy, free from illnesses and dis-eases.

The treatment is carried out once the Tui Na practitioner has assessed the client’s condition and explained what Tui Na is. The client will either lie down or be seated, depending on their condition or age and, in the case of female clients, whether they are pregnant.

There is no need to remove any clothing, only coats, shoes and jewellery. The client will be covered with a cotton sheet, as that facilitates the techniques used. Therapeutic oils are used only on the hands, feet and neck. After the treatment, the practitioner may offer advice on exercise and stretching, diet and lifestyle.

Please wear loose clothing and no jeans for treatment.

The Benefits of Tui Na

Tui Na can help with many conditions, acute or chronic:

Headaches, Migraine
Shoulder, Neck pain
Back pain, Sciatica
Rheumatism, Arthritis
Sports injuries
Repetitive Strain Injury
Sprains and Bruises
Digestive disorders
Fatigue and Stress
Cold hands and/or feet
Muscle relaxation
Increase muscle tone
Increase circulation of blood and lymph removal of waste products
Removal of scar tissue
Or Tui Na can be used just for relaxation.

What is a Swedish Massage?

Swedish massage is defined by four or five techniques, which have French names: effleurage (stroking), tapotement (rhythmic chop pings), petrissage (kneading),, and friction (rubbing). Stacey incorporates advanced techniques that have rehabilitating effects and stretches for improving your range of motion.
The ultimate goal of Swedish massage is relaxation. As the default Western massage, Swedish massage is an extremely popular simple, soothing therapy. If a long spa treatment menu is overwhelming you, choose Swedish massage – you won’t regret it!. Oakwell Health is generally known for the no pain no gain approach to assisting your healing , but a gentle approach is needed at times .

A Hot Stone massage is a type of massage therapy thats commonly used to help you relax and ease tense muscles and damaged soft tissues throughout your body.

During a hot stone massage, smooth, flat, heated stones are placed on specific parts of your body. The stones are usually made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock that retains heat. According to the University of New Hampshire Health Services, hot massage stones are heated to between 130 and 145 degrees.

The stones may be placed:

along your spine
on your stomach
on your chest
on your face
on your palms
on your feet and toes
Massage therapists may hold heated stones as they massage your body using Swedish massage techniques such as:

long strokes
circular movements
Sometimes, cold stones are also used during a hot stone massage. Cold stones may be used after hot stones to calm any engorged blood vessels and to soothe the skin.

Deep Tissue Massage is well known for its ability to help both the mind and the body relax. Deep tissue massage may bring your clients other benefits as well. To help you understand these, it first helps to understand what a deep tissue massage is.

Deep tissue massage is a technique that focuses primarily on the deeper layers of muscles and the fascia. Sometimes this technique involves the therapist using firmer pressure in order to reach these key areas and get them to release, which is why this type of massage is sometimes recommended for people who are comfortable with a more intense touch. However, deep tissue massage can also refer to gentle yet sustained pressure targeting the myofascial layer. The belief that really forced pressure equals pain relief is a myth; however, the benefits of deep tissue massage are beyond question.

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Sports Massage
Pregnancy Massage