Compression consists of pressing and twisting motions that apply direct pressure to a patient. This pressure can alleviate muscle spasms, and work out knots or stiffness. Compression also promotes blood circulation.
Friction is a technique similar to other massages. It involves rubbing or gliding motions, to realign muscles and dissolve knots or tension. Massage therapists may create heat, by rubbing in circular motions on the area to warm the muscles up.
A therapist will rock, shake, or vibrate an area to create force. This releases tension, improves gastrointestinal function, and removes stagnation, allowing the Qi to resume proper flow.
A therapist will focus on areas of soft tissue, kneading, pinching, and twisting the area. Usually applied to areas such as upper shoulders, this removes tensions and allows Qi movement through the meridians.
Focusing on the axis of body parts such as shoulders and hips, joint manipulation includes rotating and pulling motions to increase joint range and flexibility. It also promotes flexibility of the spine and limbs.
As Chinese massage is not designed purely for relaxation, but realignment, you may feel tender after your first appointment. While you will reap the benefits of the massage treatment, there are a few things it is useful to know before your first session.