Tui Na Massage is one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The name ‘Tui Na’ (pronounced ‘twee-na’) means “to push” (tui) and “to grasp” (na).
It is a therapeutic form of massage that has been used in China for thousands of years, and is still used in hospitals and clinics across China today as an effective treatment for many ailments and conditions. It can be used alone or combined with other aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine, such as Acupuncture.
Like with Acupuncture, Tui Na is based on the concept that our bodies contain “Qi” (pronounced “chi”) or “vital energy”. During a massage, the muscles and tendons are worked strategically depending on the clients symptoms, removing blockages and increasing the flow of blood and Qi to the area to promote healing. Acupressure techniques are employed to directly affect the flow of Qi at certain points around the body.
What can Tui Na treat?
Tui Na has a very wide range of both physiological and psychological benefits. Treatments can be used for, but not limited to, the following:
What can I expect from a Tui Na session?
Treatments are preformed while the client is fully clothed and usually under a sheet, whilst seated on a chair or lying on a bench. The massage involves gentle to firm pressure using palms, the back of the hand, thumbs, fingers and elbows, along with various stretches. It can be more vigorous than other forms of massage. As with other body therapies you may leave a little sore, light-headed or supercharged after your treatment, but mostly patients always feel better after Tuina.