Tui Na also referred to as Chinese Medical massage or acupressure has a long and ancient tradition in China. Tui Na is one of the four branches of Chinese medicine (the other three being acupuncture, herbs and qi gong) and can be dated about approximately 2700 BC. Tui Na could be older than acupuncture and some needling techniques originate from Tui Na massage. Acupuncture points can be stimulated with a range of massage techniques. So, if you are scared of needles but would still like the benefits of the Chinese medicine treatment then Tui Na is a fantastic choice. Tui Na can be used solely on its own or combines with cupping, gua sha, moxibustion or acupuncture. There is diversity to the treatments and its application depending on what is appropriate.
Tui Na means push and grasp is a complete system of techniques that range from relieving muscle aches, pain and stiffness by massaging along the 12 major channels and the corresponding sinews channels. The sinew channels in modern anatomy are the myofascial planes that run throughout the body between the skin, muscles and organs. Some techniques stretch or pull joints, tendons, muscles and bones to realign the body. These are considered yang techniques because they move Qi, blood and damp stagnation that cause pain.
Tui Na can also be slow, gentle and nourishing. This can help relieve headaches, help with digestive issues, fatigue, stress or gynecological issues.
Area of interest
Muscular skeletal ailment
Neck, shoulder, lower back, sciatica, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle
Constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, epigastric pain, abdominal pain, acid reflux, belching, flatulence and poor appetite
Painful periods, fertlity and menopause
Headaches, migraines, high blood pressure
Lungs and the immune system
Coughs, colds, flu, asthma and breathlessness
Depression, anxiety, stress, low mood, insomnia and low energy