Chinese massage 'Tui-Na' and bonesetting

Chinese remedial massage is one of the first documented massage techniques in the world, referenced more than 2500 years ago in the Yellow Emperors Classic of Internal Medicine. Its practice is based on the same theory and principles as classical Chinese acupuncture and martial arts. Chinese massage and bonesetting consists of various massage techniques of the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body in conjunction with the stimulation of acupuncture points in order to establish a more harmonious flow of chi through a system of meridians (channels) and collaterals, allowing the body to heal itself naturally. Further manipulation techniques are also utilized to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships (bone-setting). Chinese remedial massage's focus on specific problems, rather than a more generalized treatment, make it an excellent alternative to conventional-style massage.

The practice of meditation and martial arts are essential to a proper understanding of 'classical' Chinese healing arts and its execution. The massage varies from light stroking to deep-tissue work which would be considered as fairly vigorous. Typical techniques would consist of a series of movements including pressing, pushing, kneading, tapping and stroking with palms, fingertips and knuckles. From the practitioners perspective it is similar to practicing various Tai Chi or Chi Kung exercises. However instead of self defense the aim is in healing others.

Chinese remedial massage has a long history of clinical studies showing efficiency in treating both acute and chronic medical problems. It is an effective preventative practice that will improve general well-being and health. Regular treatments have strong beneficial effects on the immune system and is a far healthier and more holistic alternative to antibiotics and flu-shots. Currently Chinese remedial massage is offered in virtually every hospital in China and thousands of clinics around the world.

Typical examples of the wide range of illnesses responding to 'tui na'.

Back pain, trapped nerves, sciatica, headaches, tennis elbow, migraine, frozen shoulder, arthritis, repetitive strain injury, multiple sclerosis, sports injuries, stress, anxiety, depression, hysteria, tiredness, weakness, insomnia, weak immune system, colds, flu, bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, hernia, heart problems, vertigo, bladder infection, water retention, cellulite, PMT, painful or irregular periods, infertility, postnatal problems, stroke, facial paralysis, numbness, etc.

Where and how do I make an appointment.

Treatments are available at Lao Kung, a Classical Chinese therapy practice in Kenilworth, Cape Town. 

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