We have various body work therapies which have entwined over the years to specific treatments and it is hard to separate them and their origins, but a few classifications of techniques below help to explain the differences of which some maybe described as manipulations (of bone and tissue) mostly Chinese in origin, Stretching techniques (joints, muscles and tendons) more with a Thai influence and Oil based techniques (strong muscular massage) which has more an an Indonesian influence. The main origin of these into the art is from China through the art of Chin-na or chinese Ju-Jutsu and its sister art Tui-na which is the healing art. These go hand in hand like yin and yang and it is hard to separate where one stops and the other begins.
Tui-Na (pronounced twee-nah) tissue and bone massage and manipulation is a complete healing system using manipulations of the tisseus and bone as well as specific acupuncture points to effect internal organs and systems. Tui-Na is medical and proactive form of massage which unlike western massage deals with chronic and acute issues of both the muscular and skeletal systems together as well as more internal conditions. In China, Tui-Na therapists treat conditions that, in the West, would be treated by osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists or with drugs.
OIL BASED MASSAGE
These strong massage techniques can be used with and without oil and involves strong yet smooth pressue and techniques to heal the body and remove local issues. Many deep tissue and release techniques are involved which have been taken and introduced into many modern massage arts. A large part of these can be attributed to Indonesian Massage techniques.
A wide number of stretches and techniques to isolate and stretch muscles are used and taught and many influences can be seen here from Thai style massage and healing arts.
The body is a reflection of the mind and when the mind is tense the body becomes tense and stores emotions and stress. Many times when people are massaged stongly in these areas they have an emotional release as the body releases and it is important to understand this relationship between the healing arts and the mind.