What is Tui Na?
Tui Na is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dating back to 1700 B.C.
It is TCM’s equivalent of Physiotherapy and is utilized for medical purposes not just relaxation. Tui Na is a type of deep tissues massage that works to correct patient’s problems from muscoloskletal conditions to various sport and work injuries, as well as myriads of other health problems. Tui Na is well known in China and used in almost all its hospitals.
Tui Na deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscles and their connective tissues. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Tui Na breaks down scar tissue to relax muscles and tendons and creates the road for the blood and Qi (Chinese term for energy) to circulate in a proper way by removing blood stasis, and of course most importantly, to speed up the healing process.
What do Tui Na practitioners do?
Tui Na practitioners treat the clients using only their hands to bring about a change in the client’s condition. The main modalities of this treatment are deep soft tissue massage, skeletal alignment, and energy issuance. Tui Na has its advantages over simple massage in its ability to focus on and correct specific problems, especially chronic pain associated with the muscles, joints, and skeletal system.
What can Tui Na treat?
Tui Na is designed to prevent problems, not just correct them. This is what makes Tui Na massage unique and superior to other massage practices when health issues are the main concern.
Tui Na is especially effective for the following upper, middle, and lower body imbalances and illnesses:
Upper Body Imbalances
- Arm Pain
- Black Circles and Puffiness in the Eyes
- Breast Lumps
- Chest Pain
- Humming or Cricketing in the Ears
- Jaw Pain
- Nasal Allergies
- Neck Pain
- Night Sweats
- Punctured Chest
- Scapular (Shoulder Blade) Pain
- Shoulder Tension
- Sinus Blockage
- Tingling and Numbness in the Arms and Hands
- Upper/Thoracic Back Pain
Middle Body Imbalances
- Herniated Abdominal Muscle
- Initial Stage of Kidney Malfunction
- Menstrual Flow Difficulties
- Middle/Thoracic Back Pain
- Pelvic Area Pain
- Skin Rashes
- Stomach Discomfort/Indigestion
- Urinary Tract Problems
Lower Body Imbalances
- Ankle Pain
- Achilles Pain
- Calf Pain
- Foot Pain
- Hamstring Pain
- Knee Cap Pain
- Tingling and Numbness in the Feet
- Water Retention (Edema) in the Feet
What about Tui Na and Energy Flow?
Tui Na does not simply work on the muscles, bones and joints. It works with the energy of the body at a deeper level. As the practitioner feels the client’s body with her hands, she is able to assess the distribution of energy and affect its flow.
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