Acupressure and Chinese therapeutic massage is based on Chinese Medicine theories. Therefore, the aim of Acupressure and Chinese therapeutic massage, as other Chinese Medicine therapies, is to improve the flow of the energy, which can be translated into "enhancing blood circulation throughout the body" in Western Medicine perspective.
According to the experience of people who have had both Swedish deep tissue massage and Chinese therapeutic massage, Swedish deep tissue massage is still quite "superficial" compared to Chinese therapeutic massage. While Swedish deep tissue massage is more relaxing, Chinese therapeutic massage is mainly aimed at releasing muscle knots formed from long-term muscle contraction, spasm, or repetitive inflammation. The more severe the muscle problem is, the more tender the area feels while being worked on in Chinese therapeutic style. If the muscle group involved is in the deeper level, only Acupressure and Chinese therapeutic massage could release the deeply rooted problems and promote the healing.
The techniques used in Chinese therapeutic massage are quite different from Swedish deep tissue massage. In Swedish deep tissue massage, elbows and fists are used to reach deeper tissue level. In Chinese therapeutic massage, thumbs are used to aim directly at muscle lumps and knots in the deep layers. Chinese therapeutic massage also utilizes the energy (Qi) to influence the circulation at deeper level. It combines acupressure and Qi Gong (Reiki is Japanese style Qi Gong) to improve the circulation throughout the whole body to help reduce the inflammation and promote the healing of the local areas.
Superficial massage may make you feel good temporarily but does not solve the root problem of the muscle imbalance hence the problem would resurface quite fast.
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Acupressure and Chinese therapeutic massage treat a variety of muscle and tissue problems, particularly deep muscle injuries, new or old. We have successfully treated whip lash, chronic neck pain, frozen shoulder, shoulder pain, rotator cuff injuries, tennis elbow, acute or chronic back pain, hip pain, bursitis, calf muscle cramps, and plantar fasciitis (foot pain).
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In Acupressure and Chinese Therapeutic Massage, the practitioner uses his/her strength and energy (Qi) to influence the circulation especially that in the muscle areas. The influence is transmitted through the practitioner's thumbs and special stroking techniques. Acupressure and Chinese Therapeutic Massage has been part of Chinese Medicine since 5,000 years ago. It also encompasses many manipulation techniques similar to Chiropractics but can help more pathologies than Chiropractics. Acupressure and Chinese Therapeutic Massage can help more than just back problems. It also uses reflexology including foot and hand area to influence the internal organs.
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In many common pain conditions or sports injuries, you may notice significant improvement that you cannot feel with other types of treatment after just one session of Acupressure and Chinese Therapeutic Massage. A lot of times with combination of Acupuncture and Acupressure/Chinese Therapeutic Massage the effect is even more pronounced.
Even for some chronic conditions, the immediate improvement can be noticed. However, to recover fully from long time negligence or old injuries it requires 4 to 10 sessions. It is always beneficial for your body to reduce stress and improve circulation with Acupressure/Chinese Therapeutic Massage; therefore, coming once a month even after you are feeling better will keep you at your best.
Yes, it will because Acupressure and Chinese Therapeutic Massage can be used as preventative tool as well. Acupressure and Chinese Therapeutic Massage is used to promote circulation so it is never too early to slow down the decline of circulation due to aging. It is always helpful to have Acupressure and Chinese Therapeutic Massages regularly so that your muscles are well nourished from the improved circulation and you have less muscle tension. It is a part of your effort to maintain a healthy body, balanced body, and prevent age related conditions.
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The day after the session your may feel muscle soreness but it is different from the type of pain you felt from poor circulation and tension. This type of soreness is similar to what it feels like after a workout. After one or two days the soreness is gone and you feel much lighter, less tension, and have a better range of motion.