Tui Na- Chinese Massage
Tui Na is a form of Chinese therapeutic massage or simply Chinese massage as most Western people call it. It treats the body, mind and spirit as a whole, like acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition and exercise, the other natural ways of treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It can be used on its own. It is also often used in conjunction with acupuncture.
Tui Na applies specific techniques and manipulations to stimulate acupuncture points, meridians and other part of the body. The practitioner can use the arms, hands, fingers, elbows and knees even feet as the tools. Tui Na does more than what appears to be a thorough workout for the soft tissues, muscles and joints. Attention is focused on meridians and selected acupuncture points. They are massaged in different ways to clear all blockages to the flow of Qi. The effects of Tui Na are to disperse and smooth obstructions and remove Blood stasis in order to promote Qi and Blood circulation.
Tui Na techniques and manipulations are rigorous. Patients can be seated or may be laid on a treatment couch, whichever is the most comfortable position for both patient and practitioner. Tui Na treatments are usually applied on top of loose clothing, i.e. rarely on bare skin, although herbal rubs can be used in conjunction with Tui Na.
What Tui Na massage feel like?
It is a very vigorous massage, every technique requires movement as well as pressure. After the first session, you may feel a little sore but after two or three more sessions, most people adjust to the deep pressure and start to feel the improvement.
Depending on the type of Tui Na you have, you might leave feeling a bit light headed. Some patients experience sleepiness while others feel supercharged. Almost always, everyone feels better after Tui Na.
Tui Na has no adverse side effects, although because it can be a powerful treatment in terms of re-adjusting the functions of the body, some patients may see an increase in frequency of visits to the bathroom, or may feel the build up and release of pressure throughout the body, or may feel slightly sedated immediately after treatment or may develop slight bruising (as blocked energy gets released). A lot depends on the patient and the nature and duration of the ailments being treated.
What does Tui Na help?
Tui Na works on the same basic theory and principles as other TCM treatments like acupuncture and herbal medicine.
“Injury or disease causes blockages in the meridians of the body. Blockages cause pain.” Tui Na helps with chronic pain, especially that caused by muscle-skeletal conditions and injuries. Neck, shoulder and back pain and immobility, sciatica and ‘tennis elbow’ all respond very well.
Tui Na may also be applied to help to many other kinds of ailments such as rheumatic pain, tiredness, lack of energy and any symptoms caused by stress or emotional problems. Tui Na is even used for helping losing weight.It is suitable for infants, children and adults even the elderly for general health care and rehabilitation. It is, however, impossible to treat a specific condition with Tui Na without improving the overall Qi flow of the body. This means that this natural treatment can also help headaches, migraines, IBS, constipation, PMS and some emotional problems.
The Chinese believe that health and vitality depend on Qi balance in the body. When Qi flow is disturbed or blocked somewhere in the body, Qi movement losses its balance, and this can cause pain, stiffness, sickness – even emotional pain. Tui Na is one of the ways re-establish and then retain the balance.
In China, Tui Na is used for conditions that would be treated by osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists or with conventional medicine in the West.