Chinese Medicine in Prague
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Located in Prague’s Florenc district, Liangtse Wellness and Massage stands apart from the thousands of massage shops that line the city’s most touristy streets. While you can get a cheap massage nearly anywhere in the city, Liangtse is the only place in Prague that offers Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Jenny Li, part of the ownership team, pours tea over a traditional Chinese tea table while explaining the benefits of drinking white tea in the morning. Before and after receiving treatments at Liangtse, clients can drink as much tea as they would like, which creates both a social and relaxing environment, said Li.
“We wanted to help people improve their health,” said Li. “It’s not just about relaxing, it’s about the experience.”
Traditional Chinese Medicine, based on 2,500 years of research and practice, includes herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, and dietary therapy. One of the core principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on meridians, or areas of energy within the body that can become blocked by stress. Clearing blockages in meridians, said Li, can help resolve conflicts in vital organs in the body.
The meridian system, which has been studied and used in China for thousands of years, is based on the idea that the human body contains life-energy flowing through different pathways referred to as “qi” flows. These energy channels are connected to different organs and other internal components of the body. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are 12 principal meridians: lung, heart, pericardium, large intestine, small intestine, triple burner, spleen, kidney, liver, stomach, bladder, and gallbladder. When one of these 12 organs is experiencing disfunction for a reason such as stress or illness, it can be cleared with Traditional Chinese Medicinal techniques.
When asked what sets Liangtse apart from other massage options in the city, Li noted that the China Liangtse Group is the first and largest natural therapy institute in China that is recognized by China’s National Ministry of Health. Through this research institute, Liangtse develops and practices all of their services, testing their effectiveness before the service is provided to clients.
Each therapist at Liangtse is highly trained in all the massage techniques the brand offers, said Li. The therapy center offers cupping, multiple types of Chinese massage, hot stone therapy, and foot reflexology.
Foot reflexology is one of Liangtse’s unique offerings, not found many places elsewhere in Prague. Foot reflexology has been practiced in China for thousands of years, using designated pressure points on the feet to resolve issues in key bodily organs. Foot reflexology is said to improve blood circulation, improve energy levels, strengthen the immune system, and relieve stress. Similar reflexology points found in the hands can calm anxiety, relieve headaches, and reduce overall stress.
Though Chinese and Thai massage utilize similar principles including acupressure points, Li said Chinese and Thai massage are “very different.” Thai massage focuses on stretching and relaxing the muscles, with massage therapists using their hands, knees, elbows, and feet to move a client through various yoga and stretching positions to diffuse tension and improve flexibility. Chinese massage digs a little deeper, also paying attention to the body’s internal energy flow, using herbs and massage techniques to clear meridians and improve a person’s total health. The Thai massage spots tourists often see in Prague are located on busy streets with huge windows and open doors, with beds side by side. At Liangtse, clients have a more comfortable and relaxed experience, as passerby on the street cannot peep in the windows. Neither massage technique involves using oil, and clients remain clothed.
The center’s best selling massage, the Royal Tuina, lasts for 90 minutes and costs 2,000 crowns, about 87 USD. Recommended for improving circulation and reducing joint pain, the 1250 crown massage targets blockages in the body’s meridians.
In China, Li explained, people visit a massage therapist up to twice a week. Instead of getting a massage to resolve pain, the Chinese mindset is to prevent issues from arising in the body, encouraging people to visit a massage therapist before they experience pain or discomfort. Chinese massage centers also host business meetings or gatherings for friends, and massage centers are seen as places groups can gather for social events and receive massage therapy treatments together.
The Liangtse brand, first started in China in 1997, opened their Prague location in June 2018. Liangtse has over 300 locations all over the world, including in Germany, United Kingdom, Finland, Holland, Canda, and the United States.
In the Prague location, each room within Liangtse is decorated in a unique style, representing both modern Chinese trends and Chinese symbolism. With repeat clients, Li says, the center is able to switch which rooms clients receive massage treatments in, making the experience unique even for repeat visitors.
“We are the only Chinese massage center in Prague that is providing high quality service,” said Li.
Liangtse’s VIP program for loyal clients encourages people to come more often, receive more services, and get birthday offers, as well as save money on services.
Liangtse Wellness & Massage
Těšnov 1059/1, 110 00
Telephone: +420 722 259 880
Booking online: www. liangtse.cz