What is Tui Na?
Tui Na (pronounced "twee nah") is a form of Oriental Bodywork that has been used in China for centuries. A combination of massage, acupressure and other forms of body manipulation, Tui Na works by applying pressure to acupoints, meridians and groups of muscles or nerves to remove blockages that prevent the free flow of Qi. Removing these blockages restores the balance of Qi in the body, leading to improved health and vitality.
What to Expect on Your First Visit:
In a typical Tui Na session, the practitioner will ask the patient a series of questions, then begin treatment based on the answers to those questions.
Tui Na practitioners may apply a variety of methods to achieve their goal. Commonly used techniques including soft tissue massage; acupressure, and manipulation. Practitioners may sometimes use herbal compresses, liniments, ointments, and heat to enhance these techniques.
Benefits and Contraindications:
Tui Na is one of the most popular Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment modalities and is frequently used in the treatment of superficial trauma and injury and a wide variety of musculoskeletal problems. It is one of the best naturopathy for chronic pain, musculoskeletal conditions and stress-related disorders that affect the digestive and/or respiratory systems. It is the best suit for neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, sciatica and tennis elbow...
Tui Na is also often used when acupuncture is inappropriate, such as with children, when it is referred to as "Chinese pediatric massage therapy".
However, because Tui Na is designed to improve and restore the flow of Qi, treatment often benefits for the whole body, not just a specific area. There is anecdotal evidence showing that headaches, constipation, premenstrual symptoms and some emotional problems may also be effectively treated through Tui Na.
Because it tends to be more specific and intense than other types of bodywork, Tui Na may not necessarily be used to sedate or relax a patient. This type of massage delivered by a Tui Na practitioner can be quite strong and deep pressure; in fact, some people may feel sore after their first session. Some patients may also experience feelings of sleepiness or euphoria.
TCM practitioners will frequently encourage and instruct patients to do self-massage and certain exercises at home. This solidifies and expands the benefits created during treatment sessions. Self-massage and stretching are considered important aspects of self-healthcare.
As with all forms of care, there are certain instances in which Tui Na should not be performed. Patients with osteoporosis or conditions involving fractures, for instance, should not receive Tui Na. Neither should patients with infectious diseases, skin problems or open wounds.