Massage is one of the oldest healing arts. Writings dating back over 3000 years document its use. The location of Chinese acupuncture points likely began with acupressure and massage for relief of pain and other symptoms. The benefits of massage are varied and potent. It is an accepted part of many rehabilitation programs, and is beneficial for both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. It is able to help relieve the stress and tension of every-day living, which together are the precursors for many illnesses and diseases.
Practiced for centuries, it is a form of Chinese Medicine, that works with the idea that our Qi, broadly translated as energy, flows in established pathways in the body called meridians. This Qi goes to all areas of our body, all our organ systems, all of the time. Illness, or pain, occurs when this Qi is blocked or unbalanced. There are a number of ways an imbalance can happen. Factors can be physical injury, emotional injury, or illnesses with bacterial or viral components.
Chinese Medicine has relied on herbal therapy as a healing modality for thousands of years. During this time, it has identified and classified the essential properties of thousands of herbs, and how they act on the body, mind and spirit. Herbal medicine uses herbs in combinations to have a more powerful effect than the use of a single herb.