Tui Na Massage
Tui means to push, and na means to grasp and lift.
TUI NA is a form of hands-on body work derived from Daoist philosophy and martial arts principles that incorporates Chinese Medicine theory to promote overall harmony and well-being. Rhythmic compression techniques are used along different energy channels to establish consistent and fluid flow of qi throughout the body. Your practitioner may knead, roll, brush, rub and press areas between the joints to open to eight gates, releasing the body’s immune energy to remove blockages through the meridians and circulate blood through the muscles. Other techniques include shaking, stimulation of acupressure points, percussion, traction and vibration. It is often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, gi gong, Chinese herbal medicine and cupping.
TUI NA benefits acute or chronic pain associated with the joints, muscles or skeletal system. It is effective therapy for arthritis, sciatica, back pain, and muscle spasms. Tui Na induces relaxation and alleviates stress related disorders such as insomnia, constipation, headaches, digestive and respiratory conditions. Tui Na is an option to the side effects of drugs in chemically based treatments for alleviating pain. Tui Na does not simply work on the muscles, bones and joints, the practitioner will assess the constitution and energy of an individual at a deeper level. This affects alignment, muscle tightness, connective tissue, circulation, lymph drainage, and stimulates the immune system. It is designed to prevent problems not just correct them.
Historically to study Tui Na in China was a 10 year program and incorporated techniques for bone-setting and skeletal manipulation, closer to the practice of osteopaths, chiropractors, and physiotherapists than massage. There are 108 manipulations to affect the various sinew channels in the body. Tui Na can be subdivided into specialized treatments for orthopedics, rehabilitation, trauma, cosmetology, and sports medicine. It is suitable for use on the elderly as well as infants.
When you touch a body, you touch the whole person, the intellect, the spirit, and the emotions.” Jane Harrington