|Duration of treatment||1 hour|
|Days available||Wednesday afternoons|
Qigong tuina is part of the traditional medicine of China. Central to the understanding of this medicine is the concept of qi, the life force or vital energy, which flows through all living things including our own bodies.
In a healthy person the qi flows smoothly around the body. If, however, the flow is disrupted then illness can occur. Qigong tuina aims to rebalance both the flow of qi and the muscles and joints through gentle, but stimulating massage techniques.
These techniques work on the whole body and on specific acupuncture points.
Before treatment it is best not to have eaten a heavy meal and you should avoid alcohol and coffee and also foods which might colour your tongue. It is preferable if you wear loose, cotton clothing.
At your first consultation the student practitioner, under the supervision of the clinical supervisor, will ask you detailed questions about yourself and your condition. When necessary they will take the pulses on both wrists, examine your tongue and examine and palpate the affected area before coming to a diagnosis. There will be other students in the room observing the process. Consultations usually take one hour and you may be treated on your first visit.
The treatment consists of massage working on the whole body, with a focus on the affected area. Most of the techniques are very gentle, with the aim of smoothing and rebalancing the body on all levels. The treatment is always carried out through clothing and lasts around 35 minutes.
Concessions are given for students, the unemployed and pensioners.