What is Tuina Therapy?
Tuina (pronounced Too-ee-na) is one of the 4 main modalities in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a type of manual body work using the meridians of the body and tissues to help purge pathogenic energy or regulate the body’s healthy energy. By its nature, practitioners use this treatment more for external dysfunctions relating to the musculoskeletal system as well as the circulation of blood and lymph (body fluid important to the immune system). In appearance, it shares common elements with Swedish massage that is currently mainstream for many massage therapists. When manually working on the meridians and points, it may also resemble Shiatsu.
Modern Tuina now has orthopedic tests for common joint pathologies to differentiate different physical pathologies and for guiding specific treatments. Furthermore, it exhibits techniques that are uniquely their own; people say the Shaolin monks are the source and they used it for their healing practices.
What is Tuina for?
Tuina is often for aches and pains of the muscles and sinews. By relaxing these tissues, circulation of both blood and lymph becomes unobstructed and as a result, healing and rejuvenation can occur. Soft tissue work can alleviate some types of nerve impingement, thereby returning normal sensation to the affected region.
Tuina is often suitable for:
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
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What can I expect from a Treatment?
During a Tuina treatment, the patient is usually fully clothed wearing something comfortable, loose and non-restrictive. The massage depends on the constitution of the individual as well as the diagnosis. It may be vigorous in order to disperse stagnation of the body’s energy and revitalize the tissues. In contrast, it may be soft and gentle to encourage a more nourishing and relaxing state for the patient.
Tuina is a safe and comfortable modality potentially preferred by some who are experiencing Traditional Chinese Medicine for the first time.
Following the Tuina treatment, the patient’s body will often times feel lighter and less burdened. Typically, the patient is encouraged to remain lying down and enjoy the experience!