Massage has been traditionally used in Chinese Medicine to treat illness and injuries rather than for relaxation. The original meridian massage is called An Mo or Tui Na, which is usually done through clothing without the use of massage oil. It is based on the theory of Chinese Medicine and often done on the meridian lines. Different massage techniques of Tui Na will help to release, strengthen, cool, or warm the body.
Our massage therapist Damien specialises in Tui Na, deep tissue, relaxation and Swedish massage. Being an acupuncturist, he can provide treatments that include massage and acupuncture.
Olivia Cheng is our Shiatsu therapist. Shiatsu is a Japanese acupressure therapy based on the holistic theory of Chinese Medicine.
Shiatsu literally means finger (shi) pressure (atsu). The Shiatsu practitioner uses direct pressure, muscle stretching and joint mobilisation to awaken the free flow of qi (energy) in the body. When qi moves freely, the natural harmony and ease of the body, mind and spirit is restored. This improves circulation, releases tension from muscles and joints, promotes relaxation and has a therapeutic effect upon the internal organs, immune and nervous systems.
A Shiatsu therapy session is an attentive, nurturing experience, which invites the receiver to slow down and relax deeply. Each session is tailored to the receiver to address both symptoms and underlying causes.
Traditional Oriental therapies of moxibustion (a warming herb), cupping and gua sha (tools used to improve circulation and relieve muscle tension) may also be used where appropriate. Dietary and lifestyle advice may also be offered to assist with ongoing health care.
Shiatsu is performed fully clothed on a traditional futon on the floor.