Tuina (pronounced Too-ee-na) is one of the 4 main modalities in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a type of manual body work that uses the meridians of the body as well as the tissues to help purge pathogenic energy or regulate the body’s healthy energy. By its nature Tuina is used more for external dysfunctions relating to the musculoskeletal system as well as the circulation of blood and lymph/ fluids in the body. In appearance it may share common elements with Swedish massage that currently is the mainstream for many massage therapists. When manually working on the meridians and points it may also resemble Shiatsu. Furthermore modern Tuina also includes orthopedic tests for common joint pathologies such as the lower back, knees, and neck, that could be important for differentiating different physical pathologies and for guiding specific treatments. Furthermore, Tuina exhibits techniques that are uniquely their own that are said to have been passed down from the Shaolin monks, as used for their healing practices.
What to expect from a Tuina treatment.
During a Tuina treatment the patient is usually fully clothed but asked to wear something comfortable, loose and non-restrictive. The massage depending on
the constitution of the individual as well as the diagnosis, may be vigorous to disperse stagnation of the body’s energy and revitalize the tissues or may in fact be soft and gentle to encourage a more nourishing and relaxing state for the patient. Tuina is a safe and comfortable modality that may often be prefered by some who are experiencing Traditional Chinese Medicine for the first time.
Following the treatment the patient’s body will often times feel lighter and less burdened. Often times it is encouraged that the patient remain laying down and enjoy the experience!
What is Tuina used for?
Tuina is often used for aches and pains of the muscles and sinews. By relaxing these tissues circulation of both blood and lymph becomes unobstructed and allows healing and rejuvenation to occur. Some types of nerve impingement may also be alleviated by soft tissue work thereby returning normal sensation to the affected region. Tuina is often suitable for back pain, neck pain as well as shoulder pain. Since Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic paradigm, its modalities are stronger when used in unison with each other. Therefore, the acupuncture treatment efficacy increases when used with Acupuncture, Qigong meditation, exercise and Medicated Diet.