Tui Na is the form of Asian bodywork most closely resembling conventional western massage therapy. Many of the techniques are similar gliding, kneading, friction, pulling, rotation, vibration, and shaking.
The intent of Tui Na is more than the simple relaxation of a Swedish-style massage, as it aims to correct specific physical difficulties. It is particularly effective for arthritis, sciatica, spasms, and tension in the neck or shoulders.Tui na seeks to influence the flow of energy in the body. It can be used as an adjunct to other Traditional Chinese Medical modalities to correct problems, or used as a preventive to maintain a healthy body and mind.
Customers need to wear loose clothing and remove shoes before laying on a table or floor mat. Firstly, the worker will relax your body and ask which parts of your body are in pain and needs the most care in order to attach the aid of treatment. Advanced Tuina (Tui Na) practitioners may also use Chinese herbs to facilitate quicker healing. Sessions last anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Some of the most common conditions our Tui na practitioners deal with are:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Tennis elbow
Tuina is not for relaxing massage but instead is a powerful therapeutic tool for a number of various acute and chronic conditions. All musculoskeletal issues (Frozen Shoulder; Lower Back pain, Carpal Tunnel, RSI, Sciatica etc) can be treated as well as various internal conditions like digestive, circulatory and respiratory conditions. Tuina is an effective treatment for sports injuries and a perfect massage to facilitate rehabilitation.
The function of Tuina therapy is to remove blockages and stagnation in order for the body to heal itself. If we take the example of a Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), poor posture or continuous movements that cause a blockage of the Qi and blood which leads to stagnation and pain. This may cause inflammation which can further cause stagnation, and the problem can become chronic.
Whilst other massage techniques may focus on relieving tension in the area through pressure, Tuina instead will use manipulation and massage to eliminate the stagnation of energy and blood by freeing the muscles and joints and stimulating blood, Qi and lymphatic flow. Once this blockage is eliminated, the body will naturally heal itself and the inflammation and tension will be relieved.
Therefore Tuina, much like acupuncture, takes a root cause approach to the problem and believes that any body work should be about encouraging the body to heal rather than alleviating symptoms temporarily. This applies to musculoskeletal as well as internal conditions.
All of our tuina therapists are trained in Chinese Medicine and so treatment will begin with a more extensive consultation, possibly with tongue and pulse diagnosis. Depending on your conditions this may be relatively short or more extensive. It is important because Tuina is concerned with understanding your symptoms from an internal and energetic viewpoint.
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