Chinese medical massage, or Tuina, utilizes the same principals of diagnosis as acupuncture, cupping and other Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies. Tui Na translates to pushing and grasping, and refers to the rigorous massage techniques used in this type of Asian bodywork. Using fingers, hands, elbows and knees practitioners stimulate acupuncture points, correct the flow of meridian pathways and activate the circulation of qi and blood in muscles, joints and tissues.
By correcting the flow of energy through the body and balancing yin and yang energies, the body improves it’s ability to heal and prevent disease. This approach addresses not only physical but also psycho-emotional health.
Tuina complements acupuncture and herbal medicine therapies, and is an excellent treatment for infants, children, and those not inclined to acupuncture.
In China today, Tuina is practiced professionally, as an alternative but equally valuable form of therapy, similar to registered massage therapists, and chiropractors here. Practitioners are required to complete extensive training that prepares them to treat a broad array of health disorders.
Among the many applications of Tuina, the following are emphasized: chronic or acute pain of the muscles, joints, and skeletal system, arthritis, sciatica, headaches, insomnia, constipation and stress related tension.