Tuina is a form of Chinese therapeutic massage. 'Tui' meaning to push and 'Na' to grasp.
Tuina is an important component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) alongside with acupuncture and herbals. However, Tuina not only does it work on muscle groups, joints, sites of pain and poor circulation, but it works the same meridians and points used in acupuncture and employs the same basic theory as TCM: "Injury or disease causes blockages in the channels of the body. Blockages cause pain." Tuina removes the blockage Qi then treat the disease.
In China, Tuina practitioners treat conditions that, in the West, would be treated by osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists or with drugs. Tuina can and should also be used as a preventative form of treatment to maintain health and prevent accumulation of stress, disease and injury.
What can Tuina treat?
Tuina massage offers a wide range of benefits, both physiological as well as psychological, increasing well-being. Tuina speeds up the bodies ability to heal it self. Tuina massage can be used for a variety of purposes, from general massage to sports injuries. It can be used to treat a variety of ailments:
Neck pain and Frozen Shoulder
Low energy, Poor circulation
Back pain, Sciatica
Digestive Disorders and Stress
And much more....
What can I expect from Tuina?
Tuina is performed over your clothed body. Patients sit on a chair or lie on a table. Tuina is a medical treatment and as with all TCM modalities, a case history and diagnosis will be done prior to treatment. Some techniques performed may be familiar to you. The massage is usually done using gentle to quite firm pressure using palms, thumbs, fingers, and elbows, added to this are 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. Ointments, herbal compresses and cupping maybe applied as an additional benefit to your personnel treatment.