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Tui Na Medical Remedial Massage

The powerfully healing effects of physical touch are undeniable. This makes bodywork so important. Tui na means "pushing grasping" and is a powerful form of Chinese remedial body work. Based on the same Oriental medical principles as acupuncture, tui na seeks to improve circulation of blood and lymph, allowing nutrients to reach every intended area of the body. Tui na is particularly effective for conditions involving muscles, tendons, and joints, Some of these conditions include structural misalignment, orthopedic problems, and sports injuries. It can also be used to treat internal diseases. 


Cupping is one of the many modalities we love to do for our patients because it so effectively improves blood perfusion and increases circulation to reduce or eliminate pain, drain mucus, relieve muscle tension, and much more.
Traditional cupping, or "fire" cupping, is an ancient technique used in many cultures, in which a glass cup is applied to the skin and held in place by vacuum-like suction created by using heat. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body over a layer of oil, applied by your practitioner. Similar to the soothing and relieving effects of a deep tissue massage, patients experience this same relief and relaxation after a cupping session.


Moxibustion involves the heat application of acupuncture points with smoldering mugwort herb (known as moxa). Mugwort is chosen for use during this modality because it is an easy herb to grow and harvest, and it burns very hot and very slowly. Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness (excess water retention) in the body, and promotes the smooth flow of blood and energy. This safe, non-invasive technique may be used alone when given to patients for "homework", but it is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment.


Whether we are aware of it or not, there is an emotional root cause to every condition. Often times, the emotional aspects of a condition are hidden from our view, yet they continue to drive the condition forward. Our emotions play a major role by creating strong negative patterns which cause us to think, feel, and act in ways that keep the condition in place, or even make it worse. 

Through conversations with your practitioner, which include a series of introspective questions, these hidden aspects that are causing and keeping your condition in its place are finally revealed, allowing you to become aware of new ways to think and act in situations you previously felt stuck in. 

The completion of life events from the past and the resolution of problems patients are presently dealing with due to these past events, can powerfully propel healing forward. This aspect of treatment is the most important aspect we provide at Awaken.