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Tui Na massage
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Tui Na massage

Chinese pressure point massage, usually performed without oil with the client clothed, is particularly effective when applied to the Digestive system (viscera) and to the Lymphatic system and of course, the feet. Following are charts showing the reflexology areas of the feet. Massage of foot reflexology areas will directly affect the relevant organs, nerves, glands and muscular/skeletal system of the body.

Charts for Feet Reflexology
   
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Gentle massage will have a relaxing affect, often putting the recipient to sleep; while firm (sometimes even a little painful) massage of these areas will have a direct and often profound therapeutic benefit. Pain is an indicator of blockage which needs to be cleared for the body to be healthy and functional. It is usually for this reason that some pain during foot massage may be beneficial and is best dealt with by breathing slowly and deeply. Eventually the pain will subside even though the area is still being massaged strongly.

Persistent, sharp and strong pain may be an indicator of further problems, if you experience such pain, consult your HealthCare Practitioner.

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Swedish remedial massage

Swedish massage improves lymphatic circulation which is vitally important in keeping the internal organs vigorous. This increased circulation is helpful in hastening convalescent periods and improving conditions after surgery, it also improves the condition of the heart and maintains its health.

Swedish massage at regular intervals helps maintain the health of the central nervous system and its many connections. In neurological cases in which there is an interruption of impulses from the central nervous system, artificial activation of muscles can in many cases be affected by massage to delay atrophy in the inactive skeletal muscle. Muscle spasms can be relaxed by inhibiting motor impulses from the central nervous system.

Whenever the body finds it difficult to exercise, massage becomes an indispensable substitute. By intermittent contractions and relaxations the skeletal muscles act as a subsidiary pump aiding the hearts own movement of blood to superficial arteries. Swedish massage promotes superficial and deep venous return, increases capillary blood flow and eases strain on the heart.

The Swedish massage technique is based on specific movements of hands on the body to achieve total effectiveness. Swedish massage utilizes different hand movements upon the body. The first is effleurage, a smooth "upward such as" movement. Next is petrissage which allows pressure and friction to relax tense points and break up muscular adhesions and knots. Tapotement has the effect of relaxing and driving out tenseness.

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