Chinese Bodyworks Canberra
Chinese massage (Tuina), Cupping Therapy, Scraping (Guasha) and Moxibustion is used as a part of acupuncture treatment or a stand-alone therapy in Chenzen Centre. Each method has its unique therapeutic advantages and works well for particular conditions.
Chinese Massage (Tuina)
Chinese massage (also called Tui-Na or Tuina massage) works along meridians (energy channels) throughout the body, the Tui Na practitioner taps into these energy points, using stretches, pressure points, and joint rotations, to balance the body’s energy (qi) flow. Sometimes, it is called acupressure, a form of needle-free technique for acupuncture points stimulation.
Unlike Western massage techniques, Chinese massage goes beyond the muscles, bones and joints. It also works with the body on a deeper, energetic level. Massage therapists intend to sense the energy of the client with their hands and affect the flow and distribution of that energy during the session. Tui Na massage is often used as a stand-alone therapy and also in conjunction with acupuncture, Chinese herbal remedies, moxibustion, and cupping.
Cupping is an adjunctive technique used in acupuncture treatments. It has been used as a folk medicine method in many traditional cultures for thousands of years. The most common ways in Chinese medical practice are Fire Cupping and Suction Cupping.
Cupping therapy can be used to treat many types of aches and ailments. Few well-known applications are for treating muscle pain, joint pain and skin problems such as acne and eczema. A traditional explanation of how it works is by sucking the bad/stagnant blood from the muscle to the skin surface that encourages fresh blood supply to the muscle or soft tissue and speeds up the healing process.
If you’re near the inner Canberra area, come in and try our cupping therapy today.
Gua sha is a massage technique used in Chinese medicine to relieve pain and muscle tension. It is applied using massage oil and a rounded edged instrument like a ceramic spoon. Gua sha improves local circulation and breaks up scar tissue or adhesions in the muscles and connective tissue. This technique can be performed anywhere on the body, but is commonly done on the back, neck and shoulders. It is also a great adjunctive technique for treating a common cold or respiratory conditions. Like cupping, gua sha can produce temporary markings on the skin called petechiae, which naturally dissipate in a few days and are associated with improved blood flow to the area.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese therapy that uses a dried plan (Moxa) to warm and stimulates acupuncture points. This therapy has been in use for thousands of years and is a commonly used as an adjunctive technique during acupuncture sessions. It improves the circulation of qi and blood and conditions associated with “cold” or “yang deficiency” in Chinese medicine such as pain, fatigue, some types of infertility, and digestive disorders.
Moxibustion is also well known for its ability to stimulate a breech baby to turn in 69-85% of cases according to various studies. Moxibustion can be performed by your acupuncturist at the Chenzen Wellness Centre.
Conditions treated by Chinese Bodyworks
As these bodyworks mostly are applied as an integral part of acupuncture treatments,
it is your acupuncturist to decides when and where to use them.
As stand-alone treatments, here is a very simple guideline for each therapies:
Massage: loosing up muscles, tendon and joints
Cupping: localised and deeper spots of pain & soreness
Guasha: generalised / bigger area of ache & tightness
Moxa: Poor circulation with cold hands and feet