Chinese ‘Tuina’ massage can be applied either lying down or sitting in a chair. You do not usually need to remove any clothing unless the practitioner needs to apply herbal liniment to your skin, or use moxa, Gua Sha or cupping techniques. A sheet or towel is also used to cover the patient. We will also take a full medical history, including examining your tongue and reading your pulse on both wrists. The massage usually feels deeply warming, rhythmic and relaxing. It involves a wide range of specific techniques for which the practitioner may use their hands, elbows, knees and/or feet. In addition to the massage, at our clinic in Worcester we may also use other Chinese therapeutic techniques such as:
- Moxibustion: Treats and prevents diseases by the application of heat to points or certain locations on the body. The material used is mainly ‘moxa-wool’, which is a dried herb related to Mugwort and usually in the form of a cone or stick. It is mainly is used to warm, expel cold and damp and to keep good health.
- Gua Sha: A popular treatment in China whereby the patient’s neck, chest or back is rubbed vigorously to cause local stagnation which increases blood flow clears energy blockages and clears excess heat.
- Cupping Therapy: A jar is placed on the surface of the skin to cause local congestion, through the removal of the air in the jar. This method promotes the free flow of Qi and Blood in the channels, diminishes swellings and pains and dispels cold and dampness.
- Herbal liniments:These are applied directly to the skin in combination with Tuina massage to reduce swelling and inflammation. As well as restoring circulation to the affected area by dispersing any blockages of Qi or Blood.
Address: Kui De Tang Centre, Unit C1 Blockhouse Close, Worcester, WR1 2BU.