Asian bodywork often referred to as tuina (twee- nah) is a therapeutic bodywork based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medical theory addressing the soft tissues and energetic state. We work along the meridians- channels of energy associated with Chinese medicine and connect to the points along them. In Chinese bodywork, we treat holistically, the whole person’s physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. Through the process, we use different methods such as pushing, plucking and stimulating the energetics and softening tension. As a part of tuina, we sometimes employ other tools such as cupping and guasha.
Cupping became popularly seen during the Olympics; the cups provide a suction, or a negative pressure creating some interstitial space and new circulation to the area. The practice is famously recognizable for the red circular marks left on the skin afterward. Primarily this method treats pain and discomfort, however, there are a wide variety of conditions that can be treated with cupping and people feel a tremendous healing effect. Guasha has a similar impact as cupping; however, through means of a therapeutic, gentle scraping. It is used to help promote healing in the area and can also result in some redness or petechiae. No cupping or guasha treatment comes without consent. We understand that not everyone may want red marks at any time.
What to expect with Asian Bodywork therapy:
Asian bodywork therapies differ from western massage in many ways, primarily, the practitioner’s knowledge of the system of Chinese medicine and mechanisms of the body are extensive. This type of treatment requires clothing; therefore, expect to wear something comfortable and loose fitting. Bodywork is performed taking into account clients’ needs and complete health status, where one person may benefit from more stimulating treatment, another might need more subtle stimuli. When you come in for a treatment, come ready to relax and talk about what you want to address.
Who can benefit from Asian Bodywork therapy?
Anyone! Because the nature of the bodywork is holistic, countless conditions might benefit from treatment. Athletes and people with body pains, chronic or acute, can benefit from treatment and preventative work with Asian bodywork.