Lafayette Chinese Massage Therapy
Licensed Massage Therapists
Licensed Establishment E4149
Lafayette Massage Therapy
Open 7 days a week 9:00 am to 9:00pm
Walk-in Welcome – Best to call before you leave to come to make sure we can have someone available.
What is a Chinese Massage ?
Massage has been a central part of Chinese medicine for thousands of years, with records stretching back as far as the 2nd century BCE. Unlike Deep tissue or Sports Massage which focus on releasing tight muscular knots by targeting blood flow to the area, Chinese Massage techniques also aim to promote overall health by easing the flow of energy, or “qi”, around the body.
What is Qi?
Qi (or ch’i) literally translates as “breath” or “air”, and is used to refer to the “life force” or “energy flow” that is within every living thing. It is a holistic philosophy that permeates many elements of Chinese culture, from martial arts to calligraphy. Even if you don’t directly subscribe to Eastern philosophies, you might understand this principle as the desire to find a sense of calmness and balance in your daily life.
Traditional Chinese medicine asserts that the body has its own natural patterns of qi that flow through channels, called meridians. Imbalances and blockages in these channels, as well as deficiencies of qi in key organs, are understood to cause the symptoms of many illnesses. Imbalances can be gently corrected through a variety of techniques, including nutrition, exercise, acupuncture and massage.
Chinese Massage techniques
There are two main types of Chinese massage.
- Tui Na (pronounced “twee na”) has some similarities to a Deep tissue massage , and uses kneading, chopping and stretching motions to relieve sore points and blockages in the body’s muscular system.
- Zhi Ya (pronouced “zee yah”) practitioners pinching and pressing techniques on the surface of the skin, as in Acupressure, Reflexology and Qigong.
In both types of traditional Chinese massage, the practitioner’s aim is to release both physical and energetic tension, in order to restore a sense of balance and kickstart the body’s own healing process.
What are the potential benefits of Chinese Massage?
Chinese massage is an alternative therapy that is used widely around the globe. There are many benefits to incorporate Chinese massage into your life.
Can increase energy
Whether you need to speed up (“yang” energy) or slow down (“yin” energy), a Chinese massage practitioner will be able to determine which vigorous or relaxing techniques to apply to help you find inner peace. Chinese massage may also help you to improve your sleep quality, leaving you ready to face a new day with renewed enthusiasm.
2. Speed up recovery of soft tissue injuries
If you’re experiencing pain or stiffness relating to lower back pain, frozen shoulder or sciatica, massaging soft tissue increases blood flow, which may result in relief of stiffness and pain reduction.
3. Boost your circulation
The main meridians in the body also run alongside the cardiovascular system, meaning that qi has physiological ties to healthy circulation. Hand techniques, including perpendicular pressure and a rolling fist, stimulate and re-energise blood flow
4.Break down scar tissue
For people with stiff joints and reduced mobility due to past injuries, massage therapy can assist in increasing your range of motion and easing soreness
5.Support emotional health
Underpinned by its philosophy of balance, the healing touch massage may be a particularly supportive and refreshing therapy for those feeling low or overwhelmed. On a physical level, muscular release can reduce stress and aid sleep, while energetic blockages can contain emotional tension in the body which may contribute to anxiety and depression.
Who would Chinese Massage be good for?
Chinese massage techniques are used in a wide range of treatments, including Reflexology and energizing massages. As this kind of massage can be used in so many different ways, it is important to ensure that you’re receiving the right treatment for your personal goals, so always discuss your needs with your therapist in advice.
Although Chinese massage may involve pressure or pinching when releasing blockages, it should never be so intense that it becomes painful. You should leave your treatment feeling refreshed and revitalised, and may find the benefits are cumulative over several appointment
What Is Acupressure? The Traditional Chinese Medicine Has Pretty Awesome Science Behind It
Acupressure, like its close cousin acupuncture, is a medicinal method that emerged from traditional Chinese medicine, and has been part of the alternative or complementary medical world for a long time. And studies may indicate that it has real medical value in specific situations — even if it’s just a placebo effect or the product of a calming environment. Acupuncture works by targeting certain pressure points on the body with steady force (acupuncture uses a needle, while acupressure merely uses fingers) and is thought in Chinese medicine to be a way of regulating bodily energy aiding disease healing and helping health. Even if you don’t buy into ideas about energy and flow, however, the idea of targeted massage, whether by yourself or others, at particular acupressure points across the body has been extensively researched, and it reveals some intriguing possibilities for helping sleep, stress, and nausea in particular.
“There are acupuncture points all around the body on the meridian lines that have different uses and effects,” The points help balance the body’s energy flow (qi). Acupressure is when these points are stimulated through applying pressure.” It’s suggested that placing force on some acupressure points actually helps the body because it stimulates the same brain pathways as pain relief drugs. A study in 2015 from Georgetown noted that applying pressure to a particular acupressure point on rats reduces activity in one of the brains stress pathways and may therefore reduce pain, but it’s unknown whether this same mechanism occurs in humans. Whether this is true or not, when you delve into the science of acupressure’s efficacy, you start to discover it’s more than it might appear.
Generally, the session starts with the client disrobing completely or wearing only undergarments and lying face down on a padded table under a sheet. The therapist will begin with the back and shoulders before moving down the body. Once the client has flipped over about mid-way through the session time, the therapist works back up the body, usually ending with neck and shoulders and sometimes the scalp. Men may also receive a pectoral massage.
If there is a problem area that needs extra attention, such as a sore back or tight shoulders, request that the therapist spend more time focused on those trouble spots but the trade-off may be less time spent on other areas of the body. To ensure the full treatment of every body part, as well as a focus on specific issues, make an appointment for a longer session time
Chinese Massage Therapy Prices
30 minutes – $40.00
60 minutes – $60.00
90 minutes – $90.00