Tui Na or Chinese Medical Acupressure
Tui Na Massage is a method of massage which was developed in China in 1368. It is practised in the largest hospitals in China in conjunction with Western medicine to treat a wide range of conditions. The term tui na (pronounced “twee naw”), literally means “pinch and pull,” and is defined as “the ancient healing art of fingers and strength.” The massage involves stretching, manipulation of muscles, tapotement and manipulation of acupuncture points in body.
Tui na makes use of various hand techniques in combination with acupuncture and other manipulation techniques. Many of the techniques used in this massage resemble that of a western massage like gliding, kneading, rubbing, vibration, tapping, friction, pulling, rolling, pressing and shaking. In tui na massage, the muscles and tendons are massaged with the help of hands, and an acupressure technique is applied to directly affect the flow of energy at different acupressure points of the body. This removes the blockages and keeps the energy moving through the meridians as well as the muscles.
This technique is very beneficial in reducing the pain of neck, shoulders, hips, back, arms, highs, legs and ankle disorders. It is a very effective therapy for arthritis, pain, sciatica and muscle spasms. Other benefits of this massage therapy include stress-related disorders like insomnia, constipation, headaches and other disorders related to digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems.