TUI NA MASSAGE
Tui Na or An Mo
Tui Na, also called An Mo, is a form of Alternative Medicine, similar to Shiatsu. The hands, fingers, palms and additional tools are used to push, press and vibrate the skin and subjacent layers, in order to stimulate the same points and meridians known in Acupuncture.
It is often used in conjunction with Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Fire Cupping, Tai Chi and Qi Gong for increased effect.
You can think about Tui Na as Acupressure, deep Massage or even Acupuncture without needles.
I personally use it to assess the sensitivity of the Acupuncture points, Triggers Points, joints and muscles, then to activate the Acupuncture meridians and prepare the body for real Acupuncture phase.
Cupping or Fire Cupping
Cupping, or suction therapy, appeared in the Traditional Chinese Medicine long ago, and started with cups made of bamboo, then evolved to ceramic and later to glass and silicone cups.
The purpose and effect of Cupping is reducing stagnation, revitalizing the blood and surfacing deep rooted sufferings.
There are several variants of the technique, ranging from simple, static cupping to moving cupping, fire cupping and the addition of acupuncture, blood letting and herb preparations.
Qi Gong or the Management of Qi (vital energy) probably predates all other therapies in TCM and is meant to influence, stimulate and balance the vital energy of the subject, either at patient or at practitioner level. It is largely used in all Traditional Martial Arts but also in therapy. The practitioner, initially, practice Qi Gong to increase his/her Qi (emission field), then, during the session uses this power to influence the patient's energetic field.
Beyond this, when receiving any of the TCM therapies, the patient also receives the Qi power of the therapist and adds to the the effect of the technique applied and helps balancing patient's Qi.
The patient can also practice Qi Gong by himself/herself, as instructed by the practitioner, and enjoy the benefits of self induced healing therapy.
Blood Letting of Rejuvenation of the Blood, also a very old technique and is based on the concept that losing small amount of blood stimulates the metabolism of the blood itself and also the blood producing marrow, the source of vitality.
The technique (or similar one) was adopted long time ago in Hippocratic medicine and was used for a long time, later restricted by the modern medicine as it it's practice became abusive and put patients in danger.
However, letting few drops of blood in certain areas of the body is still regarded as beneficial in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is used all over the world by TCM practitioners to remove the stagnation of the blood, remove the Excess in the meridians and rejuvenate the blood.