What Is Tui Na?
Tui Na is one of the four pillars of Chinese Medicine alongside acupuncture, herbal medicine and Qi Gong and is a hands on healing art that incorporates massage, stretches, mobilisation and stimulation of acupuncture points to bring the body back into wellness.
Tui Na is the oldest recorded system of healing and massage and dates back to over 3000 year ago where these techniques were used instinctively to meet the needs of the people at the time and is the forerunner of all other massage techniques including shiatsu and osteopathy.
What To Expect During A Tui Na Massage?
A Tui namassage is usuallypreformed lying or sitting in a chair and is usually preformed through loose clothing or through a sheet. Other techniques might need access to the skin such as applying herbal liniments and cupping.
Before the massage a full medical history will be taken including looking at the tongue and taking your pulse in the same way as in an acupuncture treatment. A full Chinese Medicine diagnosis will be made which helps the practitioner to focus on the cause of pain and illness and not just the presenting symptoms.
The techniques in Tui Na can vary considerably but can feel deeply warming, rhythmic and relaxing as we work through the different levels of a treatment from the superficial techniques to open to the channels and relax the muscles to stronger techniques and point stimulation. Passive movements and stretches can also be included in the Tui Na massage.
Other techniques can also be introduced as needed such as Moxibustion to warm and relax the muscle and channels. Cupping to clear toxins and stagnant Qi and stimulate blood flood and Gua Sha, which is a form of scraping therapy.
Benefits of Tui Na
Tui Na is effective at treating a wide range of common health conditions and Musculoskeletal problems. Tui Na can be very relaxing and is good for stress related conditions alongside more internal conditions such as digestive, gynecological and respiratory issues.
Some conditions that Tui Na can help with include:
- Ankle or Wrist Pain
- Back Pain, Sciatica
- Digestive Disorders and Stress
- Headaches, Migraines
- Joint Pain or Moving Pain
- Low Energy, Poor Circulation
- Neck Pain & Frozen Shoulder
- Rheumatism, Arthritis
- Sports Injuries
- And More