The Principles of Chinese Massage

Chinese massage is thought to be the oldest system of bodywork and massage. This originated in ancient China, and is one of the four main branches of traditional Chinese Medicine. The other branches are acupuncture, qi gong, and Chinese herbal medicine. Another name for Chinese massage is Tuina or “tui-na,” pronounced twee-nah.

Chinese Massage Explained

In terms of the principles of Chinese massage, there are thought to be three Yang Principles: Exterior, Excess, and Heat. There are also 3 Yin Principle qualities: Cold, Deficiency and Interior.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner is to determine or understand the constitution of the patient in order to treat and help that person. There is also a Yin and Yang applied to the symptom characteristics as well as the human traits.

The Western Principles of massage are referenced and cited as well. Massage therapy is said to improve circulation, move lymphatic fluid, release tension and toxins, enhance the body systems and reduce stress. There is often a question and answer subjective portion of the appointment in which the massage therapist asks questions to determine what the client wants or needs. The Practitioner also may use objective measurements and palpation to determine the proper plan of action for the client during the massage.

Learn more about different Western philosophy massages here.