What is Tuina?
Tuina is an ancient form of Chinese massage which uses techniques that are applied to the body for the purpose of preventing or curing diseases. Tuina's actual translation is to "push" and "grasp". This form of Chinese massage encompasses techniques such as compressing, rolling, rubbing, kneading, and pinching. The practitioner of Chinese medicine works over acupuncture meridians and acupuncture points to promote Qi flow and organ function. Manipulating the body with these methods locally improves blood and Qi circulation to remove stasis, alleviate pain and promote the general well being of each patient.
Unlike Western massage, Tuina uses the Traditional Chinese Medical theory of meridians and energy flow in the body as its therapeutic basis. By using the application of massage and manipulation techniques, Tuina seeks to establish a more harmonious Qi, or energy flow, through the system of meridians, allowing the body to naturally heal itself.
What techniques does Tuina use?
- The use of hand and arm techniques to massage the soft tissue of the body and increase blood flow
- Stimulation of acupressure points to directly affect the flow of the energy through the system of meridians
- Manipulation techniques to realign the musculo-skeletal and ligamentous relationships
- External herbal poultices, compresses, liniments and salves to enhance the other therapeutic methods
How do I use Tuina in my practice?
When I feel it will be of benefit to the patient, I will apply Tuina to the areas of the body where I detect there is blockage that affect the natural healing processes. These hands-on techniques allow me to influence the body in a different way than using Acupuncture alone while at the same time I receive information through my hands to help me form an effective treatment strategy. This helps me to adapt my work to your individual needs.