2012 heralds the Chinese new year of the dragon! By nature, dragon years have a special sense of flamboyance and charisma. The dragon year represents a good time for new beginnings and ventures and a time of tempestuous tempers. Business and making money can seem all too easy however so too can spending it so we’re all reminded to keep a sense of caution!
Horoscopes are a good bit of fun but are unfortunately unlikely to predict what this year has in store for us. What I want for 2012 is to develop and promote Tuina massage. In the past, I’ve had plenty of tuina massage myself and been so impressed with the results that I’ve been training in tuina with Errol lynch of Tuina UK.
Tuina (“twee-na”) is a form of massage widely used in Chinese hospitals for the treatment of musculo-skeletal problems. The patient remains fully clothed and is covered with a thin sheet. The practitioner employs a variety of techniques such as ‘gun-fa’ (hand rolling), ‘rou-fa’ (kneading), stretching and mobilisation of joints as well as utilising acupressure points.
As an acupuncturist, I use tuina in combination with acupuncture to treat a broad range of problems but I also offer tuina as a stand alone treatment for generalised muscle tension and to promote relaxation. It’s great for sporty people who have overworked their muscles but also for older people who are experiencing general aches and pains. In short, it’s important for all of us to maintain a certain level of flexibility and ease of movement.
To celebrate Chinese New year of the dragon, I’m offering a half price ‘tuina taster’. A 45 minute massage for only £15 (usual price £30). I’m based in Trinity st, above Sante Health shop (see website for contact details). The offer is open until the end of March.