what informs Functional Massage?
use what works // leave what doesn’t // no way is the way
The long history of Traditional Chinese Medicine has inspired medicinal canon across cultures. Tui na is the incorporation of indigenous manual therapies known as an mo into the literature that informs TCM practice today.
Our eastern bodywork approach to massage gives an emphasis on creating waves of movement in the body, following the idea of ‘being like water’. The physical approach uses this motion to create broad effects, including posture, circulation, and muscle tension.
We can also treat the body by stimulating acupressure points with a finger or thumb. This non-invasive technique of massage is often prescribed after acupuncture in China. Because it allows the manual therapist to affect the subtle flows of Qi, we can accomplish holistic goals including emotional and mental wellness along with their physical manifestations – we like to ease the symptoms, and treat the cause.
A traditional practice of scraping the skin trusted by top athletes and village healers – and backed by science. The effects can include increased circulation and pliability in the skin and fascia, moving long-term stagnation, and supporting the immune system.. It’s an enduring technique known for its broad effectiveness in maintaining health.
deep tissue massage
If we understand the body as an interlocking system of (among others) muscles, bones, and tendons, therapy can target these specific body structures. Far more than simply deep pressure, a Deep Tissue Massage treatment includes classic massage moves as well as advanced techniques to release muscles, increase flexibility and balance posture.
By releasing surface layers and isolating narrow bands of tension within individual muscles, we can find and release specific trigger points, areas of adhesion (‘knots’) with so tight that they restrict their own blood flow. You’ll know right away when these points are released – they hold so much tension that they can cause pain in areas far away from the source, and the relief can be immediate and wide.
Around every muscle of your body is a thin sheet of soft tissue called fascia. Research is finding increasing importance and more varied roles this flexible fiber-matrix plays in your body. Ideally it can stretch with the muscles of the body, but stress or dehydration can cause it to lose its ability to stretch – thus limiting your motion. By using extremely light, but firm pressure, we can target this layer directly – and trigger a cascade of relief from tension.
Bodywork done on a floor platform gives the therapist use of body leverage more naturally, so they can comfortably and safely give you the strongest, most controlled pressure.
This is a meditatively paced treatment. Your therapist works with your body to warm, relax, and give movement to layers of the body, from the skin to the muscles. Energetic work is central to this treatment, using the traditional Thai model of Sen – think ‘characteristic of movement’ or ‘wind’ in the body – giving holistic boost to an already excellent physical therapy.
This treatment is great at improving circulation and increased flexibility. Its effects are far-reaching and profound, stemming from an understanding of humanity outside the mind-body duality model. You’ll likely feel an increased ease of movement as well as a feeling of mental calm and tranquility, especially in a full-length session.
This pace of therapy is excellent for focusing on your breath, While it can be compared to ‘assisted yoga’, it’s really more of a complement to your own yogic practice – they’re from different traditions, but both are beneficial to your holistic well-being.
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