So, what is Tui Na? It is a type of therapeutic massage with a history of use in China going back thousands of years. Pronounced “twee naw”, it helps in the treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many internal medical disorders.
Tuina works together with the acupuncture points and meridians to remove stagnation. This leads to:
- Decreased pain
- Improved circulation
- Generally improved health, vitality, and balance
Part of the technique includes what is popularly known as acupressure. Using acupressure, the practitioners use finger pressure instead of needles to stimulate acupuncture points. One difference from other types of massage is that tuina is typically performed while you are still clothed.
Tuina is very beneficial in treating:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Knee and ankle pain
- Muscle spasms
- Tennis elbow
- Stress alleviation