The term “Tuina” combines two Chinese words: “tui” (meaning “to push”) and “na” (meaning “to grasp”). This name reflects the techniques used in Tuina massage, which involve a combination of pushing, pulling, kneading, rolling, and tapping movements performed by the practitioner’s hands, palms, fingers, and sometimes elbows.
What is Tuina?
Tuina massage; also often referred to as Tui Na or Chinese massage; is a form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment that involves using the hands to manipulate the body’s soft tissues, acupressure points, and energy meridians promote healing and balance.
Benefits of Tuina
Tuina massage can help to provide relief in the following issues (but not limited to):
- General aches and pains
- Muscle stiffness and tension (e.g. Frozen Shoulder)
- Musculoskeletal injuries (strains, sprains)
- Stress and sleeping problems
Tuina also promotes general therapeutic effects including:
- Improving circulation and flow of Qi (vital energy) and blood.
- Improving the range of motion and flexibility of the joints.
- Promoting relaxation and well-being.
What is the difference between Tuina and a normal massage?
Normal massage techniques manipulate general muscle tissues more generally to relieve tension and promote relaxation. Tuina uses a wider variety of techniques; including pressing, kneading, rolling, and stretching.
Tuina also incorporates acupressure and joint manipulation. This functions to stimulate specific acupuncture points and meridians to restore the flow of Qi (vital body energy). Thus, Tuina is often used for therapeutic purposes towards various health conditions, as well as for alleviating pain and restoring balance in the body.
In deciding which type of TCM treatment is best for you, it would be best to consult your condition with your physician. He or she will conduct a through assessment and recommend a treatment tailored to your unique needs.
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