Tui Na (tuina) – Chinese Bodywork Massage Therapy

Tuina (Tui Na) is an Oriental Bodywork Therapy that has been used in China for more than 2000 years.
Tuina uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi through the meridians as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques Tuina (Tui Na) seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, allowing the body to naturally heal itself.

Tuina methods include the use of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi, and manipulation techniques to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships (bone-setting). External herbal poultices, compresses, liniments and salves are also used to enhance the other therapeutic methods.

Tuina has a variety of different systems that emphasize particular aspects of these therapeutic principles. The main schools in China include the rolling method school which emphasizes soft tissue techniques and specializes in joint injuries and muscle sprains the one finger pushing method school which emphasizes techniques for acupressure and the treatment of internal disease and Nei Gung method school which emphasizes the use of Nei Gong Qi energy generation exercises and specific massage methods for revitalizing depleted energy systems and the bone setting method school which emphasizes manipulation methods to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships and specializes in joint injuries and nerve pain.

In a typical session, the client wearing loose clothing and no shoes lies on a table or floor mat. The practitioner examines the specific problems of the client and begins to apply a specific treatment protocol. The major focus of application is upon specific pain sites, acupressure points, energy meridians and muscles and joints. Sessions last from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Depending on the specific problems of the client they may return for additional treatments. The client usually feels relaxed but energized by the treatment.

Tuina is now being popularized in many countries as a powerful therapeutic extension of traditional western massage methods. Tuina’s simplicity and focus on specific problems, rather than a more generalized treatment, make it both an excellent alternative and/or extension of the Swedish-style massage.

Tuina is effective in chronic and acute pain
• including sports injuries
• neck pain (stiff neck)
• lower back pain, including sciatica
• shoulder pain (frozen shoulder)
• elbow pain (tennis elbow, golfer elbow
• wrist pain (carpal tunnel syndrome)
• headaches
• migranes
• insomnia
• stress related ailments

Tuina is the first choice of treatment for children in China.