What is TCM?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (ÖÐÒ½, pinyin: zh¨ng y¨©) (TCM) includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage therapy, and dietary therapy. The common thread among these diverse practices is a system for balancing the various functions of the body, based in Daoist principles of yinyang and other metaphysical belief systems. These practices are a common part of medical care throughout East Asia, accounting for roughly 75% of worldwide use,but are considered "preventative" or "alternative" medicine in the western world.
What is traditional Chinese massage treatment?
Chinese massage, also called Tuina is a form of therapeutic massage developed to treat musculoskeletal problems by improving the flow of qi and blood in the body. Tuina tends to use more vigorous techniques than those massage styles designed strictly for relaxation, and because of this it is excellent for releasing chronic aches and pains as well as refreshing the entire body. Our practitioners are always sensitive to the needs of the client.
Initially our health consultant will spend around 30 minutes talking to you about your chief complaint, as well as inquiring about such things as health history, sleeping habits and bowel movements, diet and other information that may seem irrelevant but is essential for the practitioner to assess you overall state of health. Remember that TCM is a holistic medical system that recognizes the link between body, mind and emotions. Sometimes a patient¡¯s physical ailment may have an emotional component as well.
Depending on your problem you will lie on the treatment table face down, or on your back, or on one side. Commonly 4-12 acupuncture points are selected per treatment. The most common points are on your arms below your elbows, on your legs below your knees and along either side of your spine from your neck to your sacrum. Each point is swabbed with alcohol before the needle is inserted.
The practitioner may ask you to report any sensations of tingling or warmth around the site of the needles, which helps the practitioner to asses whether or not the needle has produced the desired effects. Generally, the needles are left in place for about 20 minutes, but painful conditions may need longer treatment time. A common acupuncture benefit is that it's usually very relaxing - all you have to do is lie still and it's quite common for people to fall asleep during their treatment.