Massage is the working of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, and promote relaxation and well-being.
In professional settings massage involves the client being treated while lying on a massage table or sitting in a massage chair. The massage subject may be partly unclothed. Parts of the body may be covered with towels or sheets.
Originating in China, Tui Na is recorded in the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine 2300 B.C. Tui Na is the oldest known system of massage. Through the millennia, it has undergone continuous development and is currently taught in worldwide institutions.
Tui Na uses the Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) theory of meridians, acupuncture points, and the flow of Qi (energy) as its basis for treatment. By using various massage, manipulation and pressure techniques, Tui Na re-balances and promotes harmonious flow of Qi, thereby boosting the body’s own self-healing system.
Deep Tissue Massage:
A deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is not uncommon for receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two.
REFLEXOLOGY OF THE FEET AND HANDS
There are 7,000-7,200 nerve endings in the human foot and even more in the human hand. Each of these nerve endings is a reflex point that corresponds to a body part. Reflexology uses special finger/thumb manipulations to stimulate reflex points, which will stimulate the flow of energy to the corresponding body part.
Reflexologists know which area of the foot or hand that corresponds to which body part by learning maps of the feet and hands, plantar view, dorsal view, and medial and lateral views.