Massage and Bodywork in the Traditional Chinese Medicine Way
At Inner Phoenix Somatics, our signature wellness service is a type of massage known as Tui Na (pronounced tway-nah).
Tui Na is one of the oldest forms of bodywork. The name translates simply from the Chinese as "push and grasp". With its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Qigong (or ch'i kung), Tui Na works with the meridian system (pathways of energy) and acupressure points (specific points on the meridians) to restore vital energy and balance to the body, mind, and spirit.
During a Tui Na session, I utilize a variety of hand techniques to massage muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Through the application of joint mobilization, I twist and turn the bones to open up the skeletal system and further soften tight soft tissue and adhesions. To the client, this feels much like passive stretching and unique soft tissue massage techniques.
You will also experience Jin Shin Acupressure during the session. This is the art of holding two or more points at a time, frequently following a flow of points on the body to release energy from the muscular-ligament system. While this may seem subtle, it works to relax tension. People find it equally beneficial for physical imbalances (such as severe back pain) and for emotional imbalances (such processing grief and loss)
Tui Na is a perfect modality for addressing everyday aches and pains, chronic illness, specific injuries related to athletic activity, vehicular accidents, as well as emotional traumas.
As is common with Tui Na, in my practice, clients are able to remain in their own comfortable and warm clothing throughout the session. Although I may apply liniments on specific tight sore muscles, you will not feel overwhelmed by excessive use of oils or lotions.
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Read an extensive profile of Áine that appeared in The Keene Sentinel's Monadnock Profile on Saturday, April 11, 2015.