Tui Na [pronounced ‘Twee-Na’
] is a hands-on system of bodywork or massage, more than 4,000 years old, and roughly translates to ‘push and pull’ which describes the kind of techniques involved. The aim is to encourage blood flow and promote healing, and to stimulate the flow of energy [Qi]. This helps to remove any restrictions or blockages in the form of muscular tension, adhesion or injury, increasing mobility and reducing pain. Tui Na is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), each treatment is tailored to your individual issues and incorporates beneficial acupressure points along with many other techniques. What kind of movements are used?
- Applying pressure – beneficial acupuncture points are stimulated along with ‘ashi’ “ah-shurr”, or trigger points, to relax tight muscles
- Vibrating or rocking – helps loosen and relax joints, fascia, and calms the nervous system
- Moving – gentle, passive mobilisation of joints encourages blood flow in and around the joint and reduces pain
Massage reduces inflammation, and by increasing the production of mitochondria in muscle cells, speeds up the healing process particularly with sports related injuries. Tui Na massage is an excellent, drug-free way to reduce musculoskeletal pain and inflammation, and to encourage deep relaxation and healing.