AnMo / TuiNa is the original Chinese Bodywork Therapy that has been used for over 2,500 years. It is a sophisticated system of holistic therapy based upon the traditional Chinese medical theory of balancing Yin and Yang and the promotion and control principles of the five phases (WuXing) theory.
AnMo / TuiNa is carried out as a whole body therapy, it is designed to stretch and relax tissue and aid the balanced circulation of blood and energy around the body. AnMo is the forerunner of Japanese Shiatsu and Thai Massage, predating both by many centuries.
TuiNa is a specific branch of AnMo It tends to focus on specific structural issues based around muscular and fascial dysfunction.
Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques AnMo seeks to balance bodily functions and through this establish a more harmonious body, enabling the body to naturally heal itself. Because the mind and body are parts of a unified whole, AnMo can on occasions cause strong emotional reactions and can help with a range of emotional issues such as excess anger, sadness, lack of mental energy etc.
AnMo methods include the use of a variety of palm,finger and knuckle techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi , and manipulation techniques using passive stretching to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships. Because of the extensive use of stretching I prefer to carry out the work on a mat.
AnMo combined with Dao Yin makes a remarkably powerful therapy that is effective in treating far more than just musculoskeletal ailments. It is also a great way of improving general flexibility, range of movement and posture. This is great for athletes of all types.
But more importantly it is a great way of achieving and maintaining a healthy body / mind balance. The aim is not merely to avoid illness but rather obtain true well being.
To learn more about DaoYin - AnMo or the other therapies I offer please visit my Therapy Site; The Body Holistic