If you’re considering an Asian Bodywork session, I hope
you’ll find your questions answered here.
|What is Asian Bodywork?||
Asian Bodywork uses the wisdom and philosophy of Chinese Medicine to reduce stress, promote health, and maintain well-being. The benefits are similar to those of Acupuncture, but without the use of needles. (See How does Asian Bodywork differ from Acupuncture?)
The stresses of life lead to imbalances in the body’s energy system. The body is always in the process of returning to a state of balance. If the stresses persist and the body is unable to restore balance, physical symptoms develop, such as muscle tension, fatigue, headaches, digestive irregularities, and menstrual problems.
Asian Bodywork uses gentle hand and finger pressure
Asian Bodywork is one of the four branches of Chinese Medicine (the other branches are Acupuncture, Herbology, and Qigong). Not only China, but all Asian countries — notably Japan, Thailand, Korea, and Viet Nam — have made significant contributions to the development of Asian Bodywork theory and practice. The styles most commonly practiced today are Acupressure Therapy, Shiatsu, Tui Na Massage, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Chi Nei Tsang, Thai Massage, and Anma (or Amma).
As with all Chinese Medicine practices, Asian Bodywork is holistic. It emphasizes promoting health, identifying underlying causes, and considering the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.
|What happens in a session?||
Tui Na Massage and Acupressure Therapy are performed on a table. Shiatsu is traditionally performed on a thick mat on the floor.
All work is done fully clothed. It’s best to wear loose,
Sessions usually begin with an assessment of your current condition. There may be an initial sessions that includes gathering information on your health and lifestyle history. This may take longer than subsequent sessions (see How long is a session?)
|How long is a session?||
Tui Na sessions, combined with acupressure, are typically 60 to 90 minutes long.
|Are there things I can do on my own to improve my condition?||
Definitely. If you would like to play an active role in improving your health, part of your session can include:
See the Resource page on Chinese Medicine & Lifestyle for recommendations of books and websites.
|Where can I get more information?||
You can find more information on this site, including links to information on other sites.
In the Asian Therapies section you’ll find specific articles on
There’s an additional article on Tui Na in the Asian Therapies section, called Tui Na: Rebalancing Your Energy.
On the Asian Therapies Resources pages you’ll find annotated recommendations of books and websites on
and on specific forms of Asian Bodywork:
plus resources on:
NOTE that I am not seeing new clients at this time.