Michelle has been practising massage for over 20 years, and offers relaxation, deep tissue and oriental massage (tuina). She furthered her knowledge of oriental massage whilst living in China, learning unique methods from Dr. Lan, an orthopaedic surgeon with a thriving clinic in Beijing.
Oriental massage (tuina) can be very effective in treating headaches, migraines, tennis elbow and sciatica, and it is also very relaxing. Michelle will often combine massage with cupping (see below) and acupuncture, which can be effective in treating muscle pain and injury. Chinese massage can also provide relief from chronic pain, and can assist with many degenerative muscular conditions.
Michelle has had many years experience with pregnancy massage, from early to advanced pregnancy, and can combine this with cupping and/or acupuncture.
Cupping follows the lines of the meridians over the back, of which there are five. It is along these lines that the cups are usually placed. Cupping is thought to help align and relax qi, as well as target more specific problems. The suction and negative pressure provided by the cups 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. It is thought to be one of the best deep-tissue therapies available and can affect soft tissue up to four inches deep below the skin.