Tui na massage is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, fire cupping, Chinese herbalism, tai chi, and qigong.
Tui na is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese taoist and martial art principles to bring the body to balance. The principles being balanced are the eight principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press and rub the areas between each of the joints (known as the eight gates) to open the body’s defensive (wei) chi and get the energy moving in both the meridians and the muscles. The practitioner can then use a varied range of motion, traction, massage. With the stimulation of acupressure points, this aims to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions. Tui na is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Tui na has been used in China to treat the following:
- Osteonosus and traumatism
- Internal disease
- Eye, ear, nose and throat
- Neurological disease
- Reducing weight
Tui na cautions
If you have any of the following condition, it may not be suitable for you to have Tui na massage.
- Areas with open soft tissue injuries or bleeding wounds.
- All kinds of fracture in the early stage.
- Local areas injured by dermatitis.
- Disease with hemorrhagic tendency.
- Acute infectious disease.
- Critical disease of the heart, brain, liver, kidney, etc
Tui na during pregnancy is safe, but there are some physical manipulations that need to be avoided, so please ensure to tell me if you are pregnant.