Chinese Massage Techniques

Chinese massage is sometimes described as a combination of several traditional techniques: Tuina (push and pull), Amno (rub and press), Dian Xue (acupoints), Wai Qi Liao Fa (energy work). We provide these forms as well as our unique Hybrid Chinese Massage, which is a carefully-formulated combination of techniques integrated into a 60 or 90 minute session.

Amno – the most common form of Chinese massage, Amno is an excellent treatment for sore muscles, overworked bodies, athletic and flexibility needs.

Tui Na – pronounced “twee-nah” – A more sophisticated form of manual bodywork than American, Swedish, or Classical massage, Chinese Tui Na massage addresses specific injuries, fitness needs, and health conditions through a variety of specialized manipulation techniques. Tui Na addresses body function as related to the flow of healing energy, or “qi” (pronounced as chee, and works to adjust the flow of qi following the fundamental theories of traditional Chinese medicine. By restoring a balance of energy in the body, TuiNa helps to restore your natural self-healing abililies. Blood circulation is restored and encouraged, and immune system function may be enhanced or stimulated. In China, TuiNa is used to treat conditons which might be treated in the U.S. by chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists, physiatrists, and through medication. We recommend Tui Na both as a treatment method and as a form of preventive care and wellness.

Dian Xue – also known as acupressure, this is acupuncture without needles. The manual bodywork is directed to the acupuncture points and meridians.

Wai Qi Liao Fa – a curative healing technique based on the idea that a healer’s energy can be used to influence the energy of the patent, perhaps to push or otherwise shift the patient’s own energy into a more balanced state, as a means of supporting the natural self-healing process.

Hybrid Chinese Massage and Deep Tissue Methods – Many of our friends request deeper manual manipulation of muscles and soft tissues, which we accomplish with a hybrid combination of different Chinese massage techniques. Tui Na may include grasping and kneading methods, which we may combine with stronger soft tissue manipulations typically known as “deep tissue massage”. As we incorporate flushing and energy balancing methods from acupressure and traditional Chinese healing massage methods, we achieve a unqiue hybrid Chinese massage experience especially appreciated by superior athletes, serious trainees, and those who enjoy strong or deep tissue massage.