Tui Na - Therapeutic Chinese Massage
Tui Na is a manual therapy within traditional Chinese medicine that uses massage as a treatment. The word Tui Na means pushing and grasping, two of a variety of 80 movements that make up this massage. The movements are applied on the body surface, the acupuncture meridians, on acupuncture points or on specific pain points.
Tui Na, together with acupuncture, chinese herbal medicine and qigong, are the 4 pillars of traditional Chinese medicine. Massage therapy is used to treat specific areas, or to improve the flow of energy throughout the body. The aim of Tuina massage is to create harmony by removing blockages and disturbances that manifest as illness, pain, disease and emotional problems.
As a technique of Chinese medicine, the combined use of both Tuina and acupuncture achieves very effective results.
It is a therapeutic massage that primarily treats problems with pain such as:
· Sports injuries
· Muscle spasms and contractures
· Neck and back pain
· Joint stiffness
· Carpal tunnel
· Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
· TMJ disorders
Tui Na's benefits
Tui Na massage is to create harmony by removing blockages and disturbances that manifest as illness, pain, disease and emotional problems.
· Corrects of irregular or abnormal body posture at skeletal muscle.
· Promotes of the recovery of soft tissue.
· Regulates of the functions of the internal organs.
· Strengths the immune system by increasing defenses.
· Stimulates the circulation of QI (energy) and Blood.
· Soothes pain.
But this technique not only treats musculoskeletal injuries but also internal conditions of the digestive system such as irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea or constipation, hormonal imbalances such as premenstrual syndrome, as well as insomnia, anxiety, infertility, depression, headaches and migraines.
What does it involve?
During a Tui Na session, the therapist applies a series of techniques to the body (pressure, kneading, friction, vibration or traction), basically using hands and fingers that differ in intensity and speed depending on the desired therapeutic effect.
There are also manipulation techniques to align the body and correct posture. Passive joint movements are used to improve joint movement and delay joint degeneration.
The massage is performed with the patient seated or lying on a stretcher and can remain clothed, as the massage is generally performed on a sheet placed over the patient.
Who is it for?
In principle, everyone can benefit from this technique, but it is particularly suitable for those who are afraid of needles. Children are also potential candidates for this treatment.
In the center, I practice Tui Na for both adults, and I perform it as a complement to an acupuncture session or as an exclusive massage treatment. If you need more information about this technique and its applications, do not hesitate to contact me.
Between you and me, this is also my favorite form of massage to receive :)