Tui Na which means “pushing and grasping” is a form of bodywork based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Working along meridians (energy channels) throughout the body, the Tui Na practitioner taps into these energy points, using stretches, pressure points, and joint rotations, to balance the body’s vital energy (qi). As such, Tui Na can be used to improve the overall Qi or energy flow throughout the body.
Because it is based on Chinese medicine, Tui Na can also be used with acupuncture as a compliment. Using both treatment modalities can be an effective approach to working with energy and addressing and restoring its flow.
Unlike Western massage techniques, Tui Na goes beyond the muscles, bones, and joints to work with the body on a deeper, energetic level. Tui Na practitioners intend to sense the energy of the client with their hands and affect the flow and distribution of that energy during the session.
Tui Na massage can relieve multiple disorders including insomnia, constipation, headaches, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, premenstrual syndrome, and emotional problems. It can also treat disorders related to the digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems. Many people seek treatment for a stiff neck, distension of shoulders, sciatica, and sore back. Tui Na can be used to address both internal diseases and external injuries.
If you’re suffering from a physical ailment or looking for an alternative, holistic approach to overall wellness, Tui Na massage may be an effective option.