Tui Na Massage
is an ancient, highly effective form of massage. Over 4000 years old, it is one of the healing arts of Traditional Chinese Medicine, along with acupuncture, Qigong and herbal medicine. Tui Na translates to “push-grasp” and tends to be quite vigorous in nature. It is extremely effective in relieving pain because it works not only the muscles and joints but also affects the flow of vital life energy, or Qi, in the body.
In Chinese theory, Qi flows in channels called meridians and supplies energy to all the organs, body tissues and the mind. In a Tui Na treatment, pressure is applied to these meridians and specific points on them to balance the flow of Qi and address the underlying energy problems in the body. Tui Na is particularly successful in treating pain of muscles and joints from sports injury, wear and tear, chronic stress, or stress related disorders.
In China, Tui Na treats conditions that in the West would require an osteopath, chiropractor, physiotherapist, or sports therapist. In this way it is both versatile and specific. Overall, Tui Na relaxes muscles and balances the flow of Qi in the body. In doing this, it boosts the vitality and well-being of the body, automatically improving the immune system and general health of the client.
By Jamie Brayshaw, LMT