Asian Bodywork

Definition

Asian Bodywork is a form of therapy that uses the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture to treat pain and health issues only the practitioner uses his/her hands to treat instead of using acupuncture needles.

Origin

Asian Bodywork has its origins in China where it has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions. Some of the modalities that fall under the umbrella of Asian Bodywork in the US are Shiatsu, Thai massage, Tuina (“twee-nah”), Acupressure, Amma Therapy and others.

Basics

Laura practices Tuina and Tuina is performed with the client lying on a massage table or seated in a chair, with the client fully clothed but in comfortable, loose clothing for mobility. Since Tuina is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture points and channel and meridian theory, the practitioner will begin treatment by asking the client a series of questions, looking at the tongue and taking the Chinese pulse in order to assess the client’s overall state. The practitioner may also perform some physical tests in order to assess range of motion or level of tension in the musculoskeletal layer.

Manual and arm techniques such as grasping, rolling, kneading, cupping, circular rubbing and others are then applied as appropriate. (If cupping therapy is used, clothing may need to be removed and a gown may need to be used). The level of vigor involved in the treatment varies from client to client. Some clients may need a gentle application while others may need a deeper, more vigorous application in order to best address their condition. Client and practitioner work together to determine the type of approach that is most appropriate and comfortable for the client.

Tuina is recommended for a wide variety of conditions including:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sciatic Pain
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • PMS
  • Digestive Issues
  • Headaches
  • Muscle Pain
  • Asthma or Allergies
  • Edema
  • Tennis Elbow

However, there are a few conditions for which it is not appropriate:

  • Fractures
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Open Sores or Open Wounds

Style

The modality of Asian Bodywork that Laura practices is Tuina ("twee nah"). According to the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA):

"Tuina is a method of Chinese bodywork characterized by the smooth gliding or rolling movements of the hands and arms. Through Tui (push) and Na (grasp), kneading, pressing, rolling, shaking, and stretching of the body, acupoints are opened and qi flow is realigned in the musculo-tendon meridians. Tuina techniques are used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal and internal organ disorders by opening stagnant meridian channels and encouraging the flow of qi into deficient areas. Tuina utilizes Chinese Medicine theory in assessing energetic and functional disorders."

Potential Benefits

  • Easing of Stiff Joints
  • Release of Tight Muscles
  • Release of Pain
  • Reduced Tension
  • Improved Circulation
  • Reduced Stress
  • Reduced Anxiety
  • Easing of Headaches
  • Reduction of Digestive Problems
  • Improved Sleep

Offerings

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Upper Body
  • Lower Body
  • Feet
  • Whole Body



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