Tui Na Massage

Tui Na, or tuina, is a therapeutic form of massage and has been used in China for more than 5,000 years. Defined as “the ancient

healing art of fingers and strength, tui na has been gaining

international attention for its safe and effective treatment for a

wide variety of conditions. Tui na massage therapy is used for

giving special treatments to people of all ages, from infancy to

old age.


Practitioners use their finger, hand, elbow, knee or foot to apply

pressure to a specific body location, according to an article

published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

This complementary and alternative Chinese medicine modality

makes use of rhythmic compression techniques along different

energy channels of the body to establish harmonious flow of

energy throughout the body and bringing it back to balance. By

applying pressure to meridians, acupoints, and groups of muscles

and nerves, tui na removes blockages and works deeply with the

positive energy of the body.


Tui na makes use of various hand techniques in combination with acupuncture and other

manipulation techniques. To enhance the healing process, the practitioner may recommend

the use of Chinese herbs. Many of the techniques used in this massage resemble that of a

western massage like gliding, kneading, rubbing, vibration, tapping, friction, pulling, rolling,

pressing and shaking. In tui na massage, the muscles and tendons are massaged with the

help of hands, and an acupressure technique is applied to directly affect the flow of qi at

different acupressure points of the body, thus facilitating the healing process. It removes the

blockages and keeps the energy moving through the meridians as well as the muscles.


Benefits of Tui Na

A typical session of tui na massage may vary from thirty minutes to an hour. The session timings may vary depending on the patient's needs and condition. Clients remain clothed,

wearing loose clothing. tui na methods can include soft tissue massage, manipulation,

acupressure in conjunction with herbal compresses, ointments, liniments, and heat. The best

part of the therapy is that it relaxes as well as energizes the person. The main benefit of tui

na massage is that it focuses on the specific problem, whether it is an acute or a chronic pain

associated with the joints, muscles or a skeletal system. This technique is very beneficial in

reducing the pain of neck, shoulders, hips, back, arms, highs, legs and ankle disorders. It is a

very effective therapy for arthritis, pain, sciatica and muscle spasms. Other benefits of this

massage therapy include alleviation of the stress related disorders like insomnia, constipation,

headaches and other disorders related to digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems.


The greatest advantage of tui na is that it focuses on maintaining overall balance with both

physical and mental health. Any one who wants to avoid the side effects of drugs or a 

chemical based treatment can adopt this effective massage technique to alleviate their pain.

Tui na massage therapy is now becoming a more common therapy method due to its focus on

specific problems rather than providing a general treatment.


Tui na massage is known for its ability to relax the entire body. In addition, Tui na massage

helps to increase oxygen levels in the blood, decrease muscle toxins, and improve overall

circulation and flexibility.  Tui na massage uses long gliding strokes to rub the muscles in the

direction of blood returning to the heart. A study published in The Journal of Alternative and

Complementary Medicine measured the blood samples of 53 healthy adults who received a

Tui na massage and found a significant decrease in the hormone arginine-vasopressin— a

hormone that regulates water retention and blood pressure.


As more and more studies are conducted measuring the benefits of Tui na massage, health

practitioners will increasingly look to tui na massage therapy as an effective alternative


Insurance Coverage

Our Acupuncture and Massage treatments are covered by most extended heath care plans which

is provided from your employer. You can claim our services with most private health insurance companies.  Each plan provides different coverage, please check with your insurance provider for

details.  We generally do not require a doctor's referral for coverage to be accepted but please

confirm with your provider.

We can direct bill our services with the following insurance companies:

Blue Cross,  Sun Life Financial,  Great-West Life,  Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance, Desjardins Insurance,  First Canadian,   Industrial Alliance,  Maximum Benefit,  Johnson Inc.

Manulife,  Cowan,  CNIP,  Johnston Group Inc.