TuinaAt YanHuang Healthcare Portsmouth, we recognise the important place that massage can have in the maintenance of good health, and the promotion of a feeling of well-being. So we offer several different types of massage therapy, according to the needs of the individual client.

Deep tissue

As its name implies, Deep Tissue Massage involves the massage therapist working on the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, and so differs fundamentally from the techniques used in the Swedish-style Relaxing Massage. Deep Tissue Massage is often very effective, although some clients may feel a little soreness for a day or two following the massage.

This type of massage will often concentrate on a specific area of the body, and is particularly suited to the treatment of chronically tense areas of the body, such as stiff necks, lower back pain and sore shoulders. It can also be effective in treating such conditions as fibromyalgia, osteoarthritic pain, repetitive strain injury, postural problems, limited mobility and muscle tension or spasm.

Deep Tissue Massage can be a highly effective treatment, and with this kind of massage particularly, it is important to discuss your condition with the therapist beforehand, so that the appropriate treatment may be administered. It is also important to drink plenty of water after the massage, to flush metabolic waste from the tissues.


Tuina (pronounced twee-nah) has a 2000 year history in China, and remains a primary, and very popular, form of treatment in China today. It is a holistic, energising treatment that seeks to regain Yin Yang balance in the body, by affecting the flow of qi (life energy) through the meridians (channels) that are fundamental to the whole system of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

This uniquely Chinese form of massage uses three main techniques: tissue release, using deep, rhythmical kneading and friction, pressure techniques which work directly on acupuncture points, and mobilisation which uses stretches and joint movement. It is a deep, stimulating treatment that is very different to the Swedish-style Relaxing Massage common in the West.

Because of its holistic nature, it has been effective in treating a wide range of conditions, included amongst which are many problems of a musculo-skeletal and neurological origin (lower back pain, sciatica, arthritis for example), while clinical trials have also shown it to be effective in treating asthma, high blood pressure, and many abdominal problems.

Neck & Shoulders

The Head, Neck and Shoulder Massage is suitable for anyone who suffers from pain or tension in the upper body. It may be of particular interest to those who spend a lot of time working at a computer, or those who work in other occupations that involve long periods of time with the upper body in a fixed or unnatural posture, giving rise to tension in the head, neck or shoulders.

This massage may also be beneficial to individuals suffering from headaches, migraines and congested sinuses. It is a soothing, sometimes deep, massage that makes use of acupressure points in the upper body. It is also effective in relieving stress tension in the head neck and shoulders. This is a relaxing therapy that can leave clients re-energised and better able to concentrate.