Michelle has been practising massage for over 15 years, and offers relaxation, deep tissue, pregnancy massage and oriental massage (tuina). She furthered her knowledge of chinese massage while living in China, learning unique massage methods from Dr. Lan, an orthopaedic surgeon with a thriving clinic in Beijing.
Chinese massage can be very effective for treating headaches, migraines, tennis elbow and sciatica, and it is also relaxing, making it a very good way to help you to cope with stress and anxiety. Michelle often combines massage with cupping (for more information about cupping see below) and/or acupuncture, which can be very effective for treating muscle pain or injury. Chinese massage can also provide relief from chronic pain, and assist with many degenerative muscular conditions. Chinese massage can stimulate the immune system, treat injuries, bruises and can also help to reduce scar tissue.
Michelle has had many years experience in pregnancy massage, from very early to advanced pregnancy, and can incorporate this with cupping and/or acupuncture in a treatment.
Cupping follows the lines of the meridians. There are five meridian lines on the back, and these are where the cups are usually placed. Using these points, cupping can help to align and relax qi, as well as target more specific problems. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and relax the nervous system. Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pain, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines and rheumatism. Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available. It is thought to affect tissue up to four inches deep from the external skin and can help to release toxins and clear blockages in the body.