Since March 2013 I have been learning, discovering and practicing the art of Chinese Massage (Tuina) and now offer Chinese Massage in Garforth, Leeds. It is a very thorough, focused and invigorating massage. The style of tuina I work with comes from Hangzhou in the Zhejiang province, China. Here, tuina it is used in hospitals for the treatment of a range of muscular skeletal issues as well as for the rehabilitation of post-operative patients.
Tuina uses Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory working along meridians targeting acupressure points where required. Meridians are energy channels containing specific points called acupressure points. The stimulation of particular channels and points affects a change which can help restore balance and harmony within the body.
The hand techniques used in Chinese massage are very different from many styles of Western massage. One of the differences being the rhythm which is quite upbeat. Some of the techniques work at a pace of 120 -160 repetitions per minute providing a gentle rocking motion in the body. This rocking motion is beneficial to the muscular skeletal system releasing and relaxing tight joints adding to the relaxing directly provided by the massage. Another major difference is that the patient remains fully clothed throughout and is massaged underneath a cotton cloth. Working in this way increases friction allowing the practitioner to feel the muscles very effectively and work with muscles and joints in a more secure fashion because no oil is present.
Chinese massage or tuina, is a very targeted and deep massage. I have seen and personally experienced its powerful pain relieving effects as well as its ability to increase flexibility in muscles and joints. It is great for sports people to use as a way of conditioning muscles before events as well as working to reduce tension and knots built up whilst training or after events.
Some of my clients switched from oiled deep tissue massage to Chinese massage because they like how it feels in comparison.
My experience of Chinese massage is that it can help the body to heal and repair quickly by breaking down scar tissue and adhesions and encouraging the flow of blood, oxygen and chi to areas in need. I have seen this being beneficial to the following: injuries (sporting and non-sporting), headaches, migraines, generalised aches, pains, tension and muscular spasm, back, knee and foot pain, as well as helping to calm the mind (shen) and helping to boost resilience to stressful life occurrences.
Chinese massage is a deep massage though it can be adapted to be more calming and soothing. If you have muscles that are tense or injured it may be painful. As the body heals and repairs you may (though this isn’t always the case) experience tiredness and/or muscle soreness after your appointment similar to having a workout or participating in a physically demanding event. This is because we will have literally worked your muscles. Feeling light, energised, invigorated and more mobile are possible side effects too! You will always be encouraged to drink water after you session to help support you circulatory system.
Like any complementary therapy it is important that you seek the advice of your GP or primary medical care provider if you are on long-term medication or have other conditions/illnesses. If you have any questions search the FAQs or call 07949 772713.
Chinese massage Leeds (Tuina) prices
- 60 minute initial session £45
- 30 minute follow-ups £25
- 75 minutes £55
A note on my teachings…
The tutor for this Chinese massage has schools and practices in York and London and teaches nationwide and internationally. Drawing from his experience in Shiatsu and Sports Massage he has modified and adapted techniques taught in the Chinese hospitals provide year-long apprenticeship style training that is cares for the welfare of the practitioner and well as providing excellent treatment for clients and patients. This is possibly the most comprehensive training I have undertaken and one I will continue my learning in.
I came to see Amy for the first time with an extreme tension in my neck and shoulders and consistent headaches, which would not respond to my own herbal treatment as they clearly had muscular skeletal origin. I knew a little bit about Chinese deep tissue massage and how it can help to improve various health conditions but was slightly concerned due to my very low pain threshold. I have told Amy about it and she reassured me that there will be only the amount of pressure applied I can tolerate. A relief came straight after my first session and with continuing the treatment my whole body started to feel better, which was an unexpected extra benefit. My headaches disappeared after my second treatment. I also realised that with each session I could tolerate more and more pressure on my muscles. That was very important for me and somehow made me feel stronger overall. I have also noticed that the way I react to oncoming stresses has also changed – I have become so much more resilient. Thank you Amy, the techniques you use and your wonderful hands have helped me so much. I would certainly recommend your treatments to anyone who wants to feel better in more ways than one.
Natalia Williams, Practicing Medical Herbalist
Please call 07949 772 713 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your Chinese massage.