Tui Na Chinese Medical Massage
Tuina (pronounced twee nah) is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with the otherbranches of Traditional Chinese Medicine: acupuncture and moxibustion, herbs and dietary therapy, and tai chi / qi gong exercise. ‘Tui’ means ‘push’ and ‘Na’ means ‘grasp’. It is a vigorous hands-on healing method that works not only on the muscles and joints, but also at a deeper level, affecting the flow of Qi or vital energy in the body. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll, press, pluck, or rub the areas between each of the joints to release the body's defenses and get the energy moving in the meridians, muscles, and blood. He can then use range of motion, traction, or massage, with the stimulation of acupressure points to allow the body to heal itself.
I havecompleted numerous trainings with Zheng Gu Tui Na and am pleased to offer sessions utilizing these traditional Chinese bodywork techniques. My training has included the basic full body protocol, internal conditions, conditions of the upper limb, head and neck, and conditions of the lower limbs and pelvic girdle.
Additionally, I have completed further training to integrate external applications of martial arts / sports medicine including the use of liniments, plasters, poultices, guasha (friction), and cupping techniques where necessary. I have also attended advanced training in Internal Organ Regulating massage techniques and zheng gu (structural re-alignment - translated as "bone-setting").
I have been practicing tuina massage since 2010.
The techniques themselves are exceptional – they are practical and geared toward producing immediate results whenever possible. Coupled with the physical manipulations of the body are a series of qigong exercises to strengthen tendons, improve posture, increase flow of energy, build stamina, and elicit a healing response.
The details of tuina's techniques and uses were originally documented in The Yellow Emperor's Classics of Internal Medicine, which was written about 2,500 years ago. Its popularity and recognition grew steadily to the point that by the sixth century, many traditional Chinese medical schools had incorporated tuina into their programs as a separate department. In China, tuina is currently taught as a separate but equal field of study, with practitioners receiving the same level of training (and enjoying the same professional respect) as acupuncturists and herbalists. It is also taught as part of the curriculum at every ACAOM-accredited school in the United States.
Conditions and Contraindications
Tuina is best suited for rectifying chronic pain, musculoskeletal conditions and stress-related disorders that affect the digestive and/or respiratory systems. Among the ailments tuina treats best are neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, sciatica and tennis elbow. However, because tuina is designed to improve and restore the flow of qi, treatment often ends up causing improvements to the whole body, not just a specific area. There is anecdotal evidence that headaches, constipation, premenstrual symptoms and some emotional problems may also be effectively treated through tuina.
Because it tends to be more specific and intense than other types of bodywork, tuina may not necessarily be used to sedate or relax a patient. The type of massage delivered by a tuina practitioner can be quite vigorous; in fact, some people may feel sore after their first session. Some patients may also experience feelings of sleepiness or euphoria.
As with all forms of care, there are certain instances in which tuina should not be performed. Patients with osteoporosis or conditions involving fractures, for instance, should not receive tuina. Neither should patients with infectious diseases, skin problems or open wounds. If you are concerned about the intensity of the treatment please let me know, I am glad to modify or use other techniques for which I have been trained.