Brief explanation of the therapy Tui Na is one of the most ancient healing arts of traditional Chinese Medicine, along with acupuncture and herbal medicine. The earliest writings on Chinese medicine are in the Nei Ching, translated as The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, dating back to 2300BC. This monumental treatise has several chapters on massage. Although Tui Na has been practised in China for more than 4000 years and is available in hospitals and clinics it os only now becoming known in the West. The name Tui Na comes from the Chinese and conveys the vigorous nature of the hands-on healing system: “Tui” means “push” and “Na” means “grasp”. Tui Na as practised in China treats conditions that in the West would require an osteopath, chiropractor, physiotherapist or sports therapist. In the body Qi flows in channels called meridians and supplies energy to all the organs, body tissues and the mind. Tui Na applies pressure to the Meridians and specific points on them, affecting the flow of Qi so that it moves freely and evenly through the body. The distribution of Qi within your body has profound effects on all aspects of your wellbeing - the emotional, spiritual and the physical. Chinese medicine’s view is that all disease is caused by imbalances and blockages in the flow of Qi. When your Qi-flow is balanced you feel relaxed, confident, full of energy and enthusiasm. You are then often free from stiffness, aches and pains and full of vigour; you may “sparkle” with energy. Most of us know how this feels but we are rarely able to experience it. For much of the time we operate below optimal energy level.
What can the client expect at the appointment?
Tui Na works holistically to balance Qi-flow throughout the body, mind and spirit. A trained practitioner will ask questions about a patient’s health and lifestyle and make careful observations, to discover where the Qi is imbalanced. This will indicate which Meridians need to be treated to restore harmony and the specific points where treatment will be most effective. The active communication between the giver and receiver and awareness between them is a fundamental part of Tui Na. During the massage, feedback from the patient on what feels good or painful guides the practitioner to the points to treat and the amount of pressure to use.
What happens in a session?
The client will be treated for the condition that is most troubling them; they will be warmed up and then a deeper massage will be given depending on how much pressure they are comfortable with. Then more pressure will be applied, as appropriate, in subsequent treatments.
How many sessions should I need?
This is dependent on the condition that the client presents and other adjustments that may need to be made in their lifestyle. Tui Na provides complete stimulation of the body’s entire musculo-skeletal system, as well as all internal organs. In most cases a Tui Na treatment leaves the recipient feeling enlivened, happy and sparkling with energy.
The therapy can help ease:
• Neck pain
• Lower back pain
• Shoulder pain/frozen shoulder
• Elbow pain/bursitis
• Wrist pain
• Pain in thumbs and toes
• Knee/ankle pain
• Bruising and sprains
• Bronchial asthma
• Constipation and diarrhoea
• Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
• Headaches and migraines
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Numbness in arms/hands/legs/feet
• Paralysis in arms/fingers/legs/feet.
This list is not exhaustive.
Tui Na can also help to treat some acute and
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