Tuina (Tui Na) is an Oriental Bodywork Therapy that has been used in China for more than 2,000 years. literally means “pinch and pull”, refers to a wide range of TCM therapeutic massage and body work. Tuina uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi through the meridians as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques
Tui Na is more specifically therapeutic than the simple relaxation of a Swedish-style massage
Tuina seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, allowing the body the naturally heal itself.
Tui-na methods include the use of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi, and manipulation techniques to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships (bone-setting). External herbal poultices, compresses, liniments, and salves are also used to enhance the other therapeutic methods.
Benefits of Tuina therapy
Tui Na’s advantages over simple massage is its ability to focus on specific problems, especially chronic pain associated with the muscles, joints, and skeletal system. It’s especially effective for joint pain (such as arthritis), sciatica, muscle spasms, and pain in the back, neck, and shoulders. It also helps chronic conditions such as insomnia, constipation, headaches (including migraines), and the tension associated with stress.
Like other styles of Asian bodywork, Tui Na is good to prevent problems, not just correct them. By keeping the body’s energy in balance, health is maintained. It is not just for physical health, also for mental and emotional well-being as well.
Reduce stress, tension, anxiety and depression.
Reduce headaches, back aches and stiff necks.
Enhance energy, vitality and quality of life.
Create balance in body systems.
Reduce or eliminate muscular knots.
Release pinched nerves.
Increase circulation – nutrients and oxygen in the blood.
Enhance Body – Mind – Spirit relationship.
Interrupt headache and migraine patterns.
Alleviate aches and pains.
Indications for Therapeutic Massage
. Muscle soreness
. Muscle stiffness
. Decreased range of motion
. To slow progression of disease ( ie. Parkinson’s)
. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
. Rehabilitation after injury/surgery
. Frozen Shoulder
. To increase circulation
. To decrease muscle atrophy/weakness
. Chronic Bronchitis
. Temporo-mandibular Syndrome/TMJ
. Spastic/Flacid paralysis
. Difficulty swallowing
. Pain management