Tui Na (pronounced as Twee Nah) is a hands on therapeutic body treatment. You remain clothed and treatment may be done on a chair or the couch.
It is believed to be the oldest system of Asian bodywork, with reference in the Yellow Emperors classic of internal medicine dated 2,500 years ago. Tui Na is still used extensively in Chinese hospitals today, and works very well alongside acupuncture and Western medicine.
Tui means to ‘push’, and Na to grasp or pull. A range of techniques are used to stimulate the acupressure points on the meridians and any stagnant areas in affected muscle tissues.
The techniques which include rolling, kneading, and plucking enable the therapist to work on the body rhythmically along the meridians or within the affected muscle areas to create traction and stimulus to any blocked acupressure points. In TCM where there is a blockage, this will cause stagnation and stops the Qi flowing within the meridians which will then affect the organs and muscles. The treatment works to unblock the Qi, and increase the energy or flow through so the body can heal itself.
The practitioner works to the Client’s body, varying the strength and techniques to make it appropriate and individual to them. It is suitable for any age from young to elderly.
After a full consultation, pulse and tongue diagnosis, local and distal meridian points may be worked on to help balance and restore the body’s energies.
Tui Na treatments can help increase energy and aid relaxation. It can focus on musculoskeletal conditions including neck, shoulders, hips, backs, arms, thighs, legs and ankles. It can also help with internal conditions such as headaches, insomnia, sciatica, tennis elbow, stress, PMT, menopause, oedema and digestive or respiratory disorders.