The Traditional Chinese Massage : Theory

Relying on a global conception of the individual and on the application of treatments according to syndromes, the Traditional Chinese Massage answers the diagnostic rules, specific therapeutic principles and methods dictated by Chinese medical theory. This method directly extracts the source principles of the traditional Chinese medicine.

In Chinese medicine, the accent is put on the interdependence of all organs. Sickness is a sign of a general imbalance and not that of a confined ailment. Health, according to Chinese principles, can only result from the global balance of a human being, both psychologically and physiologically. This perspective opposes to the occidental vision, which has a tendency to consider the body like a machine, constituted of independent parts and susceptible to be repaired separately from one another.

Furthermore, it is the conception of sickness and health that differs. While the occidental doctors work on sickness directly, the Chinese are more preoccupied by health, they help their patients to cultivate their state of health whereas our doctors are interested by us when sickness has already struck our physical bodies. Ying-Yang is balance… a dynamic that is constantly moving.

The Traditional Chinese Massage is therefore a way to prevent illness. This is the reason why formerly in China (before 1949 under the old regime) the practitioner was paid as long as his client was in good health! This massage helps prevent the most current febrile illnesses (colds, thoracic oppression etc.) and treats incurable neuralgia or psychological originated illnesses (back aches, stress, insomnia, anxiety) which prevails in Occident.

Special note: the Japanese manual therapy, called Shiatsu, has inspired itself considerably from the earlier Traditional Chinese Massage.