The use of pressure, manipulation, and massage on the body to stimulate acupuncture points, manipulate joints, and muscle trigger points
Chinese Remedial Massage (Tui Na)
Chinese Massage or Tui Na is a form of Massage used to correct musculoskeletal problems as well as treating diseases and disorders and can be used in place of acupuncture for patients with needle phobias. Tui Na may be used as part of and acupuncture session if required or as a standalone treatment .If Tui Na is utilised as a standalone treatment, the same diagnosis process is used as within an Acupuncture session and like Tui Na uses acupuncture points on the body to affect and balance various systems of the body including the flow of energy and fluids but without the use of needles. The use of pressure, pinching, plucking, rubbing, and revolving techniques, among other methods and techniques are used to stimulate acupuncture points. It is an effective form of massage and is also used to manipulate various parts of the body to aid in the realignment of joints as well as being used to increase and restore proper range of motion of joints, within the body.
Tui Na is not just massage but have the advantage of making use of the full range of effective diagnostic tools used in an acupuncture treatment to find the root cause of a problem. This allows us to focus on the symptoms as well as the underlying cause of a problem in treating the musculoskeletal aspects as well as the internal organ systems of the body. It is effective at treating joint pain (such as arthritis), sciatica, various types of back pain, neck and shoulder pain, muscle spasms, headaches and migraines, stress and anxiety, insomnia, among other external and internal conditions.
As with the other tools and therapies in Chinese Medicine, Tui Na is not solely designed to correct problems, but also help prevent them. This is achieved by clearing blockages in the energy and fluid systems of the body ensuring the free flow of Qi and Blood throughout the body.
Tui Na survived the centuries as a popular form of healing among the general Chinese population. In china Anmo is the term for massage and is a general practice whereas Tui Na is a more specialized term indicating practices based on the theories of Chinese medicine. The style of Tui Na practiced in China today is closer to the work of chiropractors, osteopaths, and physical therapists than to that of massage therapists. It’s taught as a separate but equal field of study in schools of Traditional Chinese Medicine, requiring the same level of training as acupuncturists and herbalists.