Tui na (Traditional Chinese Massage)

Archaeological studies have unearthed evidence of Tui na dating back to around 2600 BC, making it the forerunner of all other forms of massage and bodywork that exist today, from shiatsu to osteopathy.

In 1956, the first official training course in Tui na was opened in Shanghai; other hospitals followed suit, opening their own Tui na departments. By 1974 there were Tui na hospital departments all over China.

What is Tui Na?Tui na uses Traditional Chinese medical theory of Qi and Blood which is flowing through the meridians/channels and the whole body, as the fundamental concept theory. Through the application of gentle and firm massage with stretching techniques, tui na seeks to establish a balance of harmonious flow of Qi and Blood through the body, allowing the natural healing process to develop. It is well known, that there is tremendous benefit for improved blood circulation, for optimum health and for rapid healing process.

How Does Tui Na Work?The main tui na methods include the use of hand techniques to massage soft tissue (muscles and tendons) injuries of the body, acupressure techniques to affect the flow of Qi, and stretching techniques to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships. At times, external herbal poultices, compresses, liniments, and or salves are also used to enhance the therapeutic effect. Tui na is seen as a powerful therapeutic extension to the traditional western massage methods, which have been used in this country. Tui na’s simplicity and focus on specific problems, rather than a more generalised treatment, make it both an excellent alternative and/or extension of the typical Swedish-style massage. By utilising treatments of shorter duration, it can be used in a variety of different settings, such as the home, office, and clinic or even in hospitals and nursing facilities.

What Can I Expect During Treatment?During a typical massage session, it is preferred that the patient be as comfortable as possible, by wearing loose clothing and no foot wear, this is to loosen restrictions that belts and tight clothing can affect. The patient can have the preference of lying on a massage table or to be sitting in a massage chair. The practitioner begins by examining the patient firstly with diagnostic examinations and manual tests for distinguishing their specific problems. X-rays or others tests might be needed for correct prescription of treatment. When this is completed, a specific treatment protocol will be established, then the session begins. Sessions can last from 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Is Tui Na Safe?Contraindications include conditions involving fractures, phlebitis, infectious contagious conditions, open wounds, and lesions. The benefits of tui na are well suited for the treatment of specific musculoskeletal disorders and chronic stress-related disorders of the digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems. Tui na is not especially useful for those seeking a mild, sedating and relaxing massage since it tends to be more task focused than other types of bodywork.

How Many Treatments Are Needed?Specific problems for some clients may need for them to return for additional treatments. The client will usually feel relaxed and some what energised by the treatment. It is advisable to “take it easy” after a treatment, as to achieve the best result.

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