Chinese medical massage – “Tui Na”, differs from western massage in that finger and palm pressure is applied using a wide range of techniques.
“Tui Na” uses techniques and manipulations to stimulate acupuncture points or other parts of the body surface so as to correct physiological imbalance of the body and achieve curative effects. For soft tissue injuries, “Tui Na” relaxes muscles and tendons and promotes smooth passage of the channels. It also promotes blood circulation and removes blood stasis. It is both relaxing and therapeutic.
Our 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 (wei) chi 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 percussion. Our practitioner can then use 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.