Manual Therapy

What is Manual Therapy?

Manual therapy has a long history within the profession of Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine practitioners have greatly contributed to the current diversity in modern manual therapy approaches and techniques. 

Mechanical explanations were historically used to explain the mechanisms by which manual therapy interventions worked, new research reveals intricate neuro-physiological mechanisms are also at play and the beneficial psychological effects of providing hands-on examination and intervention should not be ignored.

Manual therapy techniques are defined as: Skilled hand movements intended to produce any or all of the following effects:

  • Improve tissue extensibility
  • Increase range of motion of the joint complex
  • Mobilise or manipulate soft tissues and joints
  • Induce relaxation
  • Change muscle function
  • Modulate pain
  • Reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation or movement restriction.

Remedial Massage and Shiatsu

Musculoskeletal therapy (Remedial massage & Shiatsu acupressure) is the focus of soft tissue manipulation and skeletal alignment. Utilised in treatment to promote relaxation while reducing tension throughout the various areas of the physical body. Manual techniques are applied to the Acupuncture points, trigger points, fascia, muscles, ligaments and tendons. A treatment may require the client to remain fully clothed or partially uncovered depending on the course of the treatment; as oil and medicated liniments may also be used during treatment.


Often used in conjunction with Acupuncture & Musculoskeletal therapy, Cupping is a method of introducing a heat source into a glass cup and then placing it directly on the surface of the body creating a sealed vacuum. A highly effective therapy that improves circulation to the local area, while relaxing the surrounding muscle fibres; reducing inflammation and improving the flow of blood and lymph within the body; enabling a deep sense of bodily relaxation, relieving muscle ache, while providing drug-free pain relief.

Cupping acts on firstly the most superficial skin layer, to the deeper muscle and connective tissue layers within the body, acting as a corrective deep-tissue remedial massage. Cupping is deal for athletes or active individuals who require advancement in recovery from burnout, muscle fatigue, overuse/strain, injury, and any pain associated conditions.


A key component frequently utilised in conjunction with Acupuncture & Musculoskeletal therapy is the therapy of igniting the Chinese herb (Ai Ye) commonly known as Moxa, directly or in-directly on the surface of the body or on the head of the Acupuncture needle itself; to warm, nourish, relax and supplement the body.

Commonly rolled into either a pyramidal shape, pressed into a rice grain sized shape or produced as a cigar sized roll; depending on its desired use and intended function. Moxibustion can be used in a diverse range of illnesses due to its ability to penetrate the most superficial outer exterior, into the much deeper internal layers of the body itself. Moxibustion may be beneficial in both acute and chronic conditions, degenerative illness, constitutional weakness, infectious disease and more.