Chinese Medical bodywork is really a form of diagnosis & physical therapy that is frequently combined with herbs & acupuncture - meaning if you want just a massage, this is not just a massage!
These physical therapy techniques regulate the flow of qi, blood & fluids and release toxic materials to allow the body to heal itself. They find were & how the body is protecting itself after new or old injury, illness & surgery; or storing toxins such as chemicals, cellular waste, inflammatory agents, acids, and stagnant lymph that it cannot process & eliminate [i].
Hand techniques may be integrated or a stand-alone treatment. The style from the Kototama Inochi lineage is carried on in NM by Dr. Jeffery Meyers DOM, who also works on horses.
lifts the skin to form convolutions under the skin to increase space, alleviate pain, reduce pressure & swelling for better blood & lymphatic flow.
Gua Sha (scraping)
The marks left after Gua Sha (and cupping) is called "sha"- toxins such as chemicals, cellular waste, inflammatory agents, acids, and stagnant lymph. Thsee markings will not occur again if the same area is treated again because the tissues are now clear!
Pediatric bodywork technique. Children yield into this very gentle touch that is powerful for them because their qi is vibrant & easy to access.
[i] Shannon, A. (2011). Medicupping: CAM application for Vacu-therapies. Retrieved from www.massagecupping.com/medicupping-cam-applications-for-vacutherapies-in-massage-bodywork/