Tui Na is a form of medical massage based on the acupuncture points and meridians which is one of the therapeutic methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Tui Na is a hands-on body treatment that brings in the eight principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine into balance.
Tui Na practitioners use a wide range of techniques to brush, knead, roll, press and rub the areas between each of the joints in an attempt to open the body’s defensive energy, to activate the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles and restore harmony. They can then use a range of motion traction and massage with the stimulation of acupressure points. These techniques claim to aid in the treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as in many non-musculoskeletal conditions. It can also be used in the aid of the management of injury and pain due to training.
Tui-na massage is generally considered to be beneficial and effective in:
Adjusting the function of the nervous system
Strengthening the physical resistance against illnesses and disease
Promoting the blood circulation and relaxing the muscles and joints
Encouraging the body to heal itself and regain the homeostasis and obtaining the holistic well-being
Tui Na is a vigorous massage. The practitioner will apply an appropriate physical force on the specific areas of any problems. It also induces a deep state of relaxation which will alleviate physical and mental stress, considered to be the cause of many ill-health conditions.
After the first session you may have some discomfort and painful feeling. This could be an indication of congestion or imbalance in the corresponding part of the body. After two or three more sessions, most people adjust to the deep pressure.
Like all forms of therapy, Tui Na would be inappropriate in some conditions such as oseteoporosis or directly on the skin affected by eczema, infection or laceration.