Maria Corrêa Alves was born in Oporto. In 2005 she finished the Contemporary Dance course in “Escola Profissional e Artística Balleteatro Contemporâneo do Porto”. Teaching dance classes during the next 5 years. Within an early interest in Alternative Medicine, on 2007 began her studies on Therapist Massage, followed by Traditional Chinese Medicine at “Instituto Português de Naturologia do Porto”. Having completed 5 years of integrated course, including the professional internship, did 15 months of post-graduation in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In the summer of 2013, created a massage project - MARIPOSA – terapias em movimento - developed in Music festivals and other cultural events. Maria works as a massage therapist and traditional Chinese medicine in her office “MARIPOSA- terapias” in Porto. “Massage is like a dance works the body and mind”(Maria).


Tui-na Massage

Is a medical specialty within Traditional Chinese Medicine, that uses the hands as an instrument to treat illness, is one of the oldest forms of Chinese medicine. The massage movements are more vigorous than other massage techniques and the benefits go far beyond the relaxation of tense muscles. As the name implies, Tui means “push” and Na means “grab”. The purpose of Tui- na is to reach effects of the body’s own healing stimulating the meridians of acupuncture so that the body corrects any eventual imbalances.


A therapeutic method originated in Japan , which as the name indicates “Shi” means fingers and “Atsu” means pressure, its based on the application of pressure with the fingers, smooth but deep on energy points located on the meridians of the body, to well balance and restore your energy. Treatment techniques include breathing exercises, stretching, percussion and massage.

Energy Relaxation massage

Is a deep relaxing massage , which restores the balance of body and mind. One applies a selected essential oil and several techniques that have as their main function to promote improved blood circulation , remove toxic substances , relieve stress and restore the psycho -emotional area , physiological and energetic of each individual.

Suction therapy

The Suction therapy, has been used for thousands of years in the practice of Chinese Medicine , it is not exclusive to Chinese medicine, there is record of using suction cups for therapeutic purposes in ancient civilizations like the Egyptian, Greek , throughout Africa and in American in indian communities . The use of suction therapy, aims to eliminate toxins and remove blood stagnation in certain areas of the body . The fact that it helps remove stagnation causes the Suction therapy to be used with great success in cases of muscle pain , back pain, arthritis , hypertension, cellulite and localized fat. With the prior application of oils we can obtain similar to the effects of the massage , sliding the suction cup in certain areas of the body , this technique is used to activate circulation , remove stagnation , unblock energy and improve the functioning of the organs .


Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries. It is based on the theory that energy, called Qi, flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians. Since the disease occurs when there is a blockage of your Qi, acupuncture is a way to unlock or influence Qi and help it flow back into balance. Acupuncture is done by putting very thin needles into your skin at certain points on your body. This is done to influence the energy flow, and thus treat many diseases. Acupuncture promotes well being of the body, helps inrecovery of the body as a whole by inducing regenerative processes, normalization of altered functions, strengthening the immune system and pain control.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Is a type of massage that stimulates, promotes and accelerates the circulation of the lymphatic system. By directing a lymph to the correct direction, it unlocks and helps in fluid retention, cellulite, edema, tired legs. Causes a better circulation of the body and stimulates the immune system.



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