What is Tui na?
The term Tui na, which translates to push and grasp is a form of medicinal massage and body therapy. It is popular in the treatment of specific patterns of disharmony. As an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is regularly used in conjunction with Acupuncture. Like Acupuncture, Tui na is used to manipulate the Qi in the different Acupuncture channels in order to harmonise Yin and Yang in the body.
Examples of what Tui na might help with:
As Tui na is a less invasive aspect of TCM, it is often used when the use of Acupuncture is inappropriate. By stimulating Acupuncture points using ‘Acupressure’, where practitioners use finger pressure instead of needles to stimulate points, as well as other techniques, practitioners popularly those who are scared of needles, or even children, which is known as ‘Chinese Paediatric Massage Therapy’.
- Musculoskeletal conditions; such as superficial traumas and injuries, muscle pain, neck pain, sciatica
- Chronic pain; such as migraines, headaches, arthritis, fibromyalgia, period pain
- Chronic stagnation or inflammation; such as IBS, constipation
- Mental and emotional conditions; such as insomnia, depression, anxiety
As part of the therapeutic experience, practitioners will often give patients specific exercises to do at home. Self-massage and stretching are considered important aspects of self-care and the healing process.