Goals of a Tuina Massage
Used to relax as well as to energize, Tuina massage is unique in focusing on specific problem areas as opposed to providing a general treatment. Used to treat acute and chronic pain, musculoskeletal conditions, stress disorders, respiratory problems and more, Tuina is a natural healing art that helps restore balance to the body and mind.
How does Tuina Massage Work?
Based on the theory of the flow of Qi or life energy through the body’s meridians or energy pathways, Tuina massage applies various rhythmic compressions and manipulations to remove blockages, reestablish the flow of Qi, realign the musculoskeletal structure, and boost the body’s natural healing abilities. Among the techniques used are pulling, pressing, tapping, shaking, vibrating, kneading, rolling, gliding, and acupressure. To speed up and facilitate healing, Tui Na practitioners also use compresses and Chinese herbs, and salves.
The simplicity and targeted focus of Tuina bodywork make it a popular adjunct to Western massage methods.