Tui Na Massage
Tui Na massage (pronounced tway-naw)
is a medical physical manipulation therapy
that formally became a part of Chinese
medical instruction and practice
over 1300 years ago.
It is literally translated as “push and grasp”. It is considered an integral part of Chinese medicine to be used solely in certain circumstances and often in conjunction with acupuncture, herbal medicine, physical rehabilitation exercises, cupping, moxibustion, and qigong for the treatment of a wide variety of internal and musculoskeletal disorders. The practitioner utilizes various (and unique) hand techniques to roll, grasp, press, rub, percussion, and stretch the areas between the joints in addition to manipulating the joints themselves with traction and assisted ranges of motion. The purpose is to facilitate improved circulation of qi and blood through the acupuncture meridians, muscles and joints, organs, and restore healthy physiological function, promote increased rehabilitation from injury, and alleviate pain. Tui na is one of the most effective and comprehensive forms of massage. It is simultaneously relaxing and invigorating and has far-reaching therapeutic benefits. In modern China, tui na is used extensively in the treatment of sports injuries, traumatology, orthopedic disorders, and various other internal disorders.stagnation. This can lead to unhealthy fluids and other pathogenic states. Similarly, if qi is depleted, the flow is also affected and body organs don’t get the nourishment they need to be vibrant and healthy.