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
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
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.