I currently offer remedial massage therapy and tai chi instruction in Canberra, ACT.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Remedial Massage
Traditional Chinese Medicine Remedial Massage (An Mo Tui Na) uses similar physical techniques to other
forms of massage, but the application of those techniques is guided by the principles of Traditional Chinese
Medicine (TCM). These principles include knowledge and understanding of the acupuncture channels and
points, the flow of Qi (energy) within the body and the inter-relationship of the different organ systems.
TCM Remedial Massage addresses muscular pain and soreness from a more holistic viewpoint than simply
attacking the offending tissues. As part of this broader approach, a client can expect the therapist to discuss
health and lifestyle issues, to seek an understanding of the client's overall state of health and to recommend
specific exercises if appropriate.
To receive TCM Remedial Massage you do not usually need to disrobe. Loose, light clothing is appropriate,
and the therapist will normally place a sheet or towel over you to cover the area being massaged. TCM
Remedial Massage is thus particularly suitable for clients who are uncomfortable with exposing their body to
In some cases the use of oils or liniments may be required or be requested, in which case the therapist will
need to work directly on your skin. Techniques such as moxibustion (local application of heat through
burning moxa) or cupping therapy also require you to expose the area being treated.
Contact me to discuss your needs and my availability and costs.
Tai chi may be China's best known and most widely practised martial art, although now it is taught and
practised mainly for health and relaxation.
Tai chi emphasises balance. As you learn to move smoothly through a set of tai chi postures – a tai chi
“form” – you remain in balance, you remain in control of where your weight is. You develop a solid base for
the flowing arm and body movements that people associate with tai chi. You become able to minimise the
muscular effort involved in moving, so that tai chi truly becomes a gentle exercise.
A typical tai chi lesson lasts for one hour. Of that time, 15-20 minutes will be spent on introduction, warm-up
and work on fundamental movements, 30-35 minutes learning or working on specific parts of the tai chi form
being studied and 5-10 minutes on cool-down routines. A series of 10 lessons should be sufficient to learn
the basics of a short tai chi form, although refining that knowledge can be endless.
Tai chi does not require any special equipment. Wear loose, comfortable clothes – track pants and T-shirt,
for example. Flat-soled shoes with thin soles are preferable to highly-shaped running shoes with thick,
cushioned soles, and many people prefer to practise in bare feet. As with any exercise activity, you should
also bring a bottle of water with you. If you are not yet confident in your balance, many of the basic
movements can be practised while using a chair for support or even seated.
Contact me for current class times and costs.
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