Tui Na Massage
What is Tui Na massage?
Tui Na is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese Daoist principles in an effort to bring the eight principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into balance. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll, press, and rub the areas between each of the joints, known as the eight gates, to attempt to open the body's defensive chi (Wei Qi) and get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles. Techniques may be gentle or quite firm. The name comes from two of the actions: Tui means "to push" and Na means "to lift and squeeze." Other strokes include shaking and tapotement. The practitioner can then use the range of motion, traction, with the stimulation of acupressure points. These techniques are claimed to aid in the treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions.
In ancient China, medical therapy was often classified as either "external" or "internal" treatment. Tui Na was one of the external methods, thought to be especially suitable for use on the elderly population and on infants. In modern China, many hospitals include Tui Na as a standard aspect of treatment, with specialization for infants, adults, orthopaedics, traumatology, cosmetology, rehabilitation, and sports medicine.
What are the benefits of Tui Na massage?
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, thighs, 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. Anyone 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.