Therapy Options

I use a range of therapeutic modalities, my primary method is Tui Na. For more chronic conditions or when carrying out a full body integration program I also include DaoYin (Chinese Yoga). I should point out that I do not provide basic Swedish massage. As a therapeutic therapist I find other approaches more useful. If you are seeking a general massage there are plenty of such services available.

AnMo -TuiNa

This is a therapy originating in China it was the precursor to Japanese Shiatsu, often done through light clothing, it uses a combination of pressure points, deep pressing / rubing and gentle passive movement. It is thought that Per Henrik Ling (responsible for systematising Swedish Massage) observed AnMo - Tui Na treatments on his travels through Asia. These techniques have existed in the East for many centuries and have only recently been understood in the west with the growing awareness of the importance of fascia in the body's structure and function.

Chinese Martial Arts and Daoist Arts: I use certain aspects of Martial Arts movement training including elements of Tai Chi Chuan and a Yoga method called Dao Yin and Meditation techniques to support the above physical therapies and the enhance mental and emotional health. Read more...

Bowen Technique:

Bowen Technique is a relatively modern creation. It was devised by an Australian called Tom Bowen in the forties and fifties. Tom studied a range of skills and added his own unique insights to create his own methodology. Bowen Technique can be highly effective as a free standing methodology and many Bowen Therapist do nothing but Bowen Technique.

One of the great benefits of Bowen Technique is that it is generally quite gentle procedure, so it is an ideal starting point for patients with high levels of pain.

Sports Massage:

This is in many ways is a misnomer, Sports Massage is in no way limited to sport. The term Sports Massage generally refers to a massage methodology that includes a range of advanced skills. The most common of these is Deep Tissue Massage, often used in pre and post event sessions to assist in recovery for an otherwise healthy subject. Beyond Deep Tissue work there is a range of modalities aimed at assisting in the recovery from injuries. In my experience the most useful of these skills are: Muscle Energy Technique and Trigger Point Therapy.

Muscle Energy Techniques (MET):

This modality includes a range of stretching methods, some passive where the subject is relaxed and the therapist moves muscles through a range of movements, others are active where the subject either tends or contracts a muscle against the resistance provided by the therapist. MET is very helpful in the release of restrictive fascia and educating of muscles to move correctly.

Trigger Point Therapy:

This is a technique that identifies very specific points of discomfort that when pressed create a pain pattern that tends to reflect the general symptoms being experienced by the patient. When the trigger point is located and removed or diminished the patients actual symptoms also diminish or disappear


Per Henrik Ling


Tom Bowen


Ge Hong Chinese Physician

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