Tui Na, (pronounced “twey na”) is a Chinese medicinal massage, which relies on deep tissue massage, acupressure, assisted stretching and careful joint manipulations. It is one of the foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), along with Acupuncture, Cupping, Herbal and Food Medicine, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Tui Na can successfully address a big deal of health issues. It is used in many hospitals in China.
Inflammation and dis-ease cause blockages in the body. The cells may get swollen and produce little energy from food because of poor breathing, hormonal imbalance, stress, injury or otherwise impaired metabolism. There may be a physical or emotional blockage that impairs nerve conduction, or the free flow of blood and lymph in the body.
Firstly, Tui Na uses a plethora of techniques to deal with the physical aspects such as pressing, hand sliding, rolling fist, kneading, chopping, or vibrating palm, in order to release tension in the muscles. Secondly, it uses acupressure and finger work, as well as assisted manipulations (similar to the ones in physiotherapy and osteopathy) to remove blockages along the so-called channels (sheaths of connective tissues).
This makes Tui Na a complete healing system, because it combines the strengths of complementary approaches. Not only works this medicinal massage on the physical body helping to remove stagnation and encourage blood flow to the area, just like the western massages do, but it also works on restoring the balance of Qi, as employed in the Eastern techniques, allowing one to become an integrated Self.Qi can be roughly translated as the universal life energy, or perhaps conscious awareness.
When Qi is strong and flowing freely, then the person is healthy, or quickly recovers when ill or injured.
Who can benefit from Tui Na?
Tui Na can be safely applied to babies, children and most adults in all walks of life. There are both very gentle and vigorous variations possible within the treatment (as well as any variant in between) that make Tui Na totally versatile to nearly all conditions and health issues.
The benefits of Tui Na
Tui Na is gentle when applied to babies and small children. It can help with majority of childhood aliments, such as colic, constipation, weak immunity, tantrums, restlessness, lack of internal strength or learning difficulty. Children respond greatly to Tui Na, but they require the loving touch of their parents as well. My goal is to teach the parents a few techniques that can be followed at home, alongside the treatment.
Tui Na can help with the majority of health concerns, both acute or chronic. Examples include:
– Migraines and headaches
– Shoulder pain
– Neck pain
– Upper back pain
– Back pain
– Fatigued/weak legs
– Repetitive Strain Injury
– Stress and Fatigue
– Digestive disorders
– Anxiety and restlessness
– Muscle tone
– Sport injuries
– Weak immunity
– Difficulty with decision making
– Anger and bad temper
– Sore scar tissues
– Poor breathing
and so on.
What to expect at the treatment?
I will first explains how Tui Na works and assess your condition. You will stay in your clothes and either lie down on a massage table or be seated, depending on the condition. Then you will be covered with a cotton sheet which facilitates the smoothness of the techniques used.
It is necessary to come in soft, loose clothing as otherwise the applied techniques will loose their practicability and assisted stretching will become impossible. As a result, you may not be able to take all the benefits from the treatment.
Please wear no jeans and no skirts neither dresses.
The treatment does not generally include the whole body massage but focuses on the problematic area and the related channels (e.g. upper body, hands and feet). Depending on the issues to be addressed, the condition of the client and a personal preference, the treatment can be either vigorous, or gentle, or a mix.
Please be aware that, if necessary, a special Chinese ointment will be rubbed into the body area to assist a deep muscle work. In addition, a massage oil may be used on neck, hands and feet to facilitate the movement. It may also be needed to work on the exposed tummy area, so please wear a top that can be rolled up to the ribs.
The appointment will last 30-40min for kids and 1h for adults. Please allow additional 10-15min for the initial appointment.