Tui Na massage is an ancient healing art of Traditional Chinese Medicine which has been practiced in China for over 4000 years.
The name Tui Na comes from "Tui" meaning "push" and "Na" meaning "Grasp". It is used to treat conditions that in western medicine ordinarily would require a physiotherapists, a chiropractor and an osteopath.
Tui Na not only works on the muscles and joints, but also at a deeper level, affecting the flow of vital life energy in the body. This 'life energy' is referred to as "Qi" (pronounced "chee") and flows through the whole universe as the activating force for all life.
Qi flows through channels in the body called "Meridians". Meridians supply Qi energy to the organs, body tissues and mind. Tui Na applies pressure to the Meridians and specific points on the to even out the flow of Qi through the body.
Traditional Chinese Medicine always views disease as an imbalance in the flow of Qi. When your Qi flow is balanced you feel confident and energetic as it affects you emotional, intellectual, spiritual and physical well being.
During treatment, the trained practitioner will ask questions about the patient's lifestyle making careful observations. It is fundamental to Tui Na that the therapist and patient have an awareness between them. Feedback received from the patient during massage guides the therapist towards the points to treat and the amount of pressure to apply.
After Tui Na treatment, the patient will most often feel energised, happy and enlivened, however it can also release blocked emotional energy. This may result in the patient feeling emotional afterwards.
Tui Na is regarded as a very safe therapy, however there are times when Tui Na is not suitable for patients.
Tui Na is not to be used on:
children under the age of 5 (their meridian systems have not fully developed and a different technique is used)
people with brittle bones (osteoperosis)
people with serious heart disease or cancer
the hip area where an artificial joint is fitted inflamed or broken skin
lower back or abdomen during pregnancy