Tuina (pronounced 'twee-nah') is a form of Chinese therapeutic massage. 'Tui' meaning to push and 'Na' to grasp.
Tuina is a very important component of Chinese medicine alongside acupuncture and herbal prescription. However, Tuina can be a complete healing system in itself as not only does it work on muscle groups, joints, sites of pain and poor circulation, but it works the same meridians and points used in acupuncture and employs the same basic theory as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): "Injury or disease causes blockages in the channels of the body. Blockages cause pain."
In China, Tuina practitioners treat conditions that, in the West, would be treated by osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists or with drugs. Today it has become very advanced in its treatment for many diseases, used in many hospitals in China, it has become the frontline of healthcare, whereas in the West many problems tend to get treated only at a chronic stage. Therefore Tuina can and should also be used as a preventative form of treatment to maintain health and prevent accumulation of stress, disease and injury.
Tuina massage offers a wide range of benefits, both physiological as well as psychological, increasing well-being and the feeling of euphoria. Tuina speeds up the bodies ability to heal it self. Tuina massage can be used for a variety of purposes, from general massage to sports injuries. It can be used to treat a variety of ailments:
Tuina is performed over your clothed body. Patients sit on a chair or lie on a couch. Tuina is a medical treatment and as with all TCM modalities, a case history and diagnosis will be done prior to treatment. Some techniques performed may be familiar to you. The massage is usually done using gentle to quite firm pressure using palms, thumbs, fingers, and elbows, added to this are various stretches. It can be more vigorous than other forms of massage. As with other body therapies you may leave a little sore, light-headed or supercharged after your treatment, but mostly patients always feel better after Tuina. Ointments, herbal compresses and cupping maybe applied as an additional benefit to your personalised treatment.
In my practice, I use Tui na as both a diagnostic tool and as a treatment method. Direct contact along the meridians and at specific acupoints provides insight into the nature of the patient’s condition, whether their underlying pattern is excess or deficient, how their body responds to light versus firm pressure, and how easily their body releases tension, stress and discomfort. Sharing Tui na has been a fantastic way for me to connect more deeply with my patients. As I follow each breath cycle and focus my attention,being fully present and aware. This mindfulness of the present moment, coupled with setting my intention for their highest good. Healing both for the client and myself.”