Our natural therapy association has been accrediting Chinese massage therapists for more than 60 years, ensuring that they meet the high educational and training standards required for membership.
Every Chinese massage therapist in our directory is qualified and capable of delivering quality treatment.
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Traditional Chinese massage (also known as An Mo Tui Na massage, or Oriental massage therapy) is a form of deep tissue massage that treats a range of issues, including chronic pain, arthritis, musculoskeletal problems, digestion, and more. The massage therapist uses a range of techniques to complete the massage, including twisting, pulling, pushing, turning, and kneading. As with all Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques, it uses the philosophical concept of Yin and Yang to achieve balance in the patient.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on the concept of Yin and Yang—a philosophy that describes how opposing forces are connected, complementary, and dependent on each other. As an example, light and dark are opposites, but they’re also dependent on each other, because light cannot exist without darkness. A shadow cannot exist without light from the sun, making the two connected and interdependent. According to the philosophy of Yin and Yang, opposites like these are found across the natural world, including in our bodies. When these opposites are balanced, the patient will be in good health.
Chinese massage aims to restore a patient’s balance and harmony, using Yin and Yang as a base. When balance is achieved, the patient’s vital life force (Qi, pronounced “chee”) is allowed to freely flow through their body.
Chinese massage is performed using a range of techniques, including palpating, rejoining, opposing, lifting, pressing, kneading, pushing, and holding. These techniques target specific pressure points (similar to those used in acupuncture) to trigger biochemical and physiological changes in the body, which helps to “unblock” the patient’s Qi, and heals them. These pressure points are located around clusters of nerve endings, lymphatics, mast cells, and capillaries (Alexandra Engler, 2019, Mind Body Green).
Chinese massage is used to treat a range of ailments and conditions, including:
Chinese massage therapists meet strict criteria to become ANTA members. They’re fully qualified and accredited, and are recognised by federal and state governments. For this reason, the easiest way to choose a highly-skilled Chinese massage therapist is by using ANTA’s Chinese massage directory, which you can access using the search form at the top of this page.
If you’re set on finding an Chinese massage therapist yourself, here’s what you should consider when searching.
National, formally-recognised accreditation is essential when choosing a Chinese massage therapist. They must also carry malpractice insurance.
Medicine changes and advances over time, so to provide the most effective treatment, a Chinese massage therapist must be trained in the latest techniques and practices.