Chinese massage and acupuncture are two pillars of traditional Chinese medicine and have been employed by physicians in China for thousands of years. An alternate name for Chinese massage is “hit medicine”, which earns this name from its use in treating injuries of people who practice kung fu or other martial arts. The ping yin for massage is tui na. It has also been used by Chinese healers to help recover the function of muscles and internal organs.
The art of massage has continuously developed and evolved over 5000 years. Today it has become widely practiced all across the world and is taught in medical schools and hospitals. It plays an important role in health maintenance and healthcare. A typical Chinese massage therapist has a specific order of operations when performing a massage. The first focus is the muscles in order to relax them then they massage acupuncture points to remove energy blockages and then continue by massaging in a way that stimulates the circulation of energy.
As with all TCM skills the focus is on balancing the movement of qi (vital life energy) through the body in order to create harmony and balance. Massage makes uses of different techniques that help energy flow through the meridians of the body and relax a person.
Acupuncture uses needle insertion, cupping and moxibustion. These techniques are designed to help release energy blockages throughout the body and stimulate the flow of qi. A general session is ten to twenty minutes long and involves five to ten needles.