Olly Brunton & Raglan Acupuncture, ACC provider, Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Tuina massage, feng shui, taiji chuan

Tuina Massage

Tuina literally means "Pushing and Grasping" and refers to the therapeutic Massage branch of traditional Chinese Medicine. The term did not appear until the Ming Dynasty:1368-1644, where it first featured as part of a paediatric tuina book. prior to this period the art was known as "Anmo", pressing and Rubbing.

The earliest references to Massage therapy are given the China'xs most famous medical text, The Huang Di Nei Jing, which cites Massage for the treatment of channel obstruction, muscle weakness, pain and atony.

In recent years there has been a tendancy to distinguish Tuina as a TCM based medical massage deeply rooted in The concepts of Yin / Yang, channel theory and Organ function, and Anmo defined as Massage.

Today Tuina employs various techniques including gliding, kneading, kneading, rocking, shaking, vibration, traction, mobilisation to name a few, with techniques such as "Guen Fa" or rolling technique being unique to Tuina. Bone-setting is also used in China but not required here in New Zealand.

All techniques are chosen according to diagnosic tools of TCM also used by Acupuncturists or Herbalists or Qi Gong Practicioners.


Acupuncture was first developed during the Chou dynasty (1030 BC to 221 BC) of Chinese history. It was at this time that the first metal needles were used to treat the Various points of the body. Prior to this without any known beginning, bamboo, stone and bone needles were used.

Basically, Acupuncture works by affecting the flow of "Qi" , vital force or energy, through the channel networks covering the body, which in turn initiates movement of the Blood ( Xue ) providing a change of state to both energy and body according to treatment design.

The discovery of the 800 Acupuncture points, Pathways of energy and use of instruments to manipulate this vital energy are unknown. However, It is known that around 220BCE China had already compiled The Huang Di Neijing Suwen Lingshu, the foundation text of all modern Acupuncture Schools. This text covers the Classical Chinese View of Natural Law and its relation to Human Health.

Acupuncture today is virtually pain free. Sensations range from dull ache, numbness, tingling, warmth, or heaviness. Modern needles are sterile single use with an average gauge of 0.25mm. The World Health Organisation (WHO) endorses Acupuncture treatment for many Clinically diagnosed conditions.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

By 220AD China's famous medical text The Huang Di Neijing Suwen Lingshu, the foundation text of all modern Acupuncture Schools, had been compiled. Medicine was changing. People believed in their ability to observe and understand the natural world, and that health and disease were subject to the principles of natural order. The Huang Di Neijing Suwen Lingshu, expresses the philosophical nature of this medicine, that the universe comprises of various forces, the opposing yet complementary forces of yin and yang, the five phases and how human health is a microcosm of these models.

It is during this same period that the Herbal texts Shen Nong ben cao jing (classic of materia medica), and Shang han lun (Discussion of cold induced disorders) were developed. The Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing was the first text to give individual properties of medicinal substances thus founding China's Materia Medica, a current format for modern texts.

Early texts contained 364 entries which has grown to 5767 medicinal substances of todays materia Medica. Herbal formulas may be perscribed in raw form to be boiled and taken as a soup, or in pill form for convienience. Both are available along with Acute diagnosis from Raglan Acupuncture.

Taiji Chuan (Tai chi)

Taiji Chuan translates as "Supreme ultimate fist" First and is foremost a martial art. Taiji chuan has become popular as a method of cultivation throughout the world and is practiced by millions of people in various forms.

Taiji Chuan has its origins during the Yuan and Ming Dynasty founded by the legendary Chang San feng. It is said that he created Taiji chuan while watching a snake and a crane fighting. The hard technique of the crane was overcome by the snake who would yield and follow the crane not resisting, and in doing so didn't lose his life to the crane. Softness is not weakness, the hard confuse these attributes.

There are 5 styles of Taiji chuan, Yang, Chen, Wu/Hao, Wu & Sun. Olly shares the Yang family 103 form. The birthplace of Yang Style Taiji Chuan is Hebei Province, Yongnian County. About 200 years ago, Yang LuChan (Founder) went to Beijing to teach the Emperor's Family. People would watch and wanted to learn from him. His movements were smooth, slow and even. As it evolved, Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan has had different frames.

Classes are held at the Raglan Town Hall, Wednesdays 7.30-8.30am, $10 per player, please wear loose clothing and flat soled shoes. All abilities are welcome.

Feng Shui (Geomancy)

Feng Shui is the Chinese art of Geomancy. Raglan Acupuncture offers consultations for your home, office or building site / Plans. With only the birthdays of the occupants and site/house plan, we can calculate which spaces within the building will be most suited for the different occupants, excellent for maximising aspects of wealth, romance, career, fame and family.

Planning to build your own home? Make the most of this service and maximise your potential. Consultations cost $200NZD per person per household. Add $100 for each additional family member. All you need to do is provide a house/site plan, birthdays of each occupant and where they currently reside within the dwelling. Recommendations and remedies for current plans are offered for each of the occupants should they be required to maximise beneficial influences.


By appointment only please, 07-825 7424 . 20-60 minutes in length, large meals should not be eaten 30min prior or following treatment. . Acupuncture $80 initially, $50 follow up appointments . Tuina Massage $1 per minute, 30 minute minimum . Herbal consultation $30 + Herbal remedies $10-$30 . Community services card consultation and/or ACC clients $40 . Feng Shui consultancy $200 & $100 per extra occupant. Gift vouchers are available via email. Taiji Chuan classes are $10 per person, held Wednesdays 7.30-8.30am, Raglan Town Hall.

Raglan Acupuncture

1 Opotoru road, Raglan 3225 click here for map

07 825 7424

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