Traditional Chinese massage

Two types of traditional Chinese massage exist – Tui na which focuses on pushing, stretching and kneading the muscle and Zhi Ya which focuses on pinching and pressing at acupressure points. Both are based on principles from Traditional Chinese Medicine. Tui Na is Chinese Medicine’s Physio-Therapy. Utilized for medical purposes instead of relaxation, Tui Na works to correct the patient’s problems, from musculoskeletal conditions, to diseases, cancers and even minor and major headaches.Within the foundation of Tui Na, Traditional Chinese Medicine principles are followed, from Meridian Applications to Herbal Formulas, Qigong Therapy and heated herbal application (Moxa). Technique applications such as friction and vibration are used as well.

About Blood and Chi system

Acupressure therapy is treatment from traditional Chinese medical science. By using the fingers, you activate pressure points of 14 meridian channels to stimulate the body’s own system and let the Chi and Blood run throughout the body and heal different organs. This removes coldness and pain from the body. Acupressure Therapy was developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago. Acupressure has been used for thousands of years to prevent and relieve symptoms due to muscle tension. It will increase circulation, strengthen resistance to disease, promote wellness and enable the body to relax deeply. Acupressure therapy can be used to treat headaches, insomnia, back pain, muscular pain, spasms and restlessness. The Body will feel new changes by this special therapy. Chinese cultures believe acupressure points to be junctures of meridians which carry energy.

Our Story

 

Total Relax opened in March 2012, with the ambition of creating a massage establishment that provided high quality therapeutic, relaxing massage in a quiet unpretentious setting. By combining Traditional Chinese Massage, back walking and Swedish techniques, we tailor each massage to the individual. We focus on Chinese meridian points to relieve stress and tension. Back walking is used to target muscles and tendons in the back, shoulders and hamstrings. While the pressure is firm and deep, it is less painful than more traditional deep tissue techniques. Muscles are finished with Swedish massage to soothe and relax.

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CAI BEI', pronounced "Tsy-Bay", is an ancient form of Chinese
massage therapy which is little known in Western culture.
Simply put, the massage therapist walks on your back.

The forces required to perform this massage technique are entirely generated by the force of gravity and the use of her body as a tool. She utilizes the toes, heels and balls of her feet to manipulate, stretch and open up the musculature of your chest, legs, buttocks, back and shoulders, thereby releasing tension which is stored along the regions of your spinal cord.

To support and control her balance, she uses overhead parallel bars and, with the use of her arms, can decrease or, in some instances, increasing the varying angles of down force or pressure are required to achieve the release of rigid or constricted muscle tissue. The amount of force available with the feet is on the order of three times that of conventional hand and finger massages.

CAI BEI' is an energetic massage technique, producing an ideal therapeutic bodily workout for people with a solid body structure. It helps to release tension and muscle contracture - producing an immediate sensation of relief and well-being and is especially therapeutic for people who are fatigued from high-stress or extended physical exertion, such as from sports. It is a perfect technique to be combined with other traditional massage therapies such as Chinese deep tissue or Swedish massage, for enhanced results.

Chinese Back Walking - Cai Bei

BaGua ( Cupping)

Cupping therapy is the method of using glass or plastic cups to create localized pressure by a vacuum. The Chinese have been doing this since ancient times by using heat inside glass or bamboo cups. Nowadays, cupping sets use suction to create the vacuum. The vacuum inside the cups causes the blood to form in the area and help the healing in that area.

Ancient Chinese medicine have believed that the body contains “Meridians”. These meridians are pathways in the body which the energy of life called Qi (“chi”) flows through. It flows through every body part, tissue, and organ. Cupping therapy is mainly performed on one’s back because there are five meridians on your back. When these meridians are opened, the internal energy is able to flow through the whole body.
Another healing aspect of cupping therapy is through the release of toxins in your body. The suction from the cups can penetrate deep into your tissues causing the tissues to release harmful toxins. It triggers the lymphatic system, clears the blood vessels, and stretches and activates the skin.

Cupping therapy has been found in ancient records dating back 3500 years and it is still used today by many alternative medicine practictioners. New advancements in technology and materials have been integrated with cupping therapies and its uses now range for many different treatments and applications.

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