Tui Na Massage
Tui Na is a therapeutic form of massage and has been used in China for more than two thousand years. It makes use of various hand techniques in combination with acupuncture and other manipulation techniques. The techniques used in Tui Na include gliding, kneading, vibration, tapping, friction, pulling, rolling, pressing and shaking. In Tui Na massage, the muscles and tendons are massaged and acupressure techniques are applied to directly affect the flow of Qi. Tui Na removes the blockages and keeps the energy moving though the meridians as well as the muscles, facilitating the healing process.
A typical session of Tui Na massage may vary from thirty minutes to an hour. The session timings may vary depending on the patient’s needs and condition. The main benefit of Tui Na is that it focuses on the specific problem, whether it is an acute of chronic pain associated with the joints, muscles or a skeletal system. Tui Na is very beneficial in reducing the pain of neck, shoulders, hips, back, arms, legs, and ankle disorders. It is a very effective therapy for arthritis, pain, sciatica and muscle spasms. Other benefits of Tui Na include alleviation of the stress related disorders such as insomnia, constipation, headaches, and other disorders related to digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems.
In traditional Chinese practice, Tui Na is one of the fundamental treatment modalities, along with dietary regulation, herbal medicine, acupuncture, moxibustion, and therapeutic exercise. Tui Na is not intended to be an experience of relaxation, but rather a form of deep tissue therapy that conveys the following benefits.
- speeding the healing of injuries and clearing bruises
- stimulating blood circulation and regulating the nervous system
- removing scar tissue
- easing emotional distress
- curing some conditions affecting the internal organs
- increasing flexibility in the joints and improving posture
- relieving chronic pain
- maintaining wellness and functioning as a form of preventive care
- improving athletic performance
- strengthening the body's resistance to disease
- reduce side effects of drugs or chemical based treatment