Tuina (pronounces ‘twee-nah’) massage, which dates back to 1700 BC, is a recognized form of medical treatment for a wide range of health problems.
Tuina works on the energy channels and points, using the same principles as acupuncture. When healing a patient with Tuina, we may brush, knead, roll/press, and rub the areas between each of the patient’s joints to attempt to open the body’s defensive (wei) chi and get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles. These techniques are particularly effective in the treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Tuina is subdivided into specialized treatment for infants, adults, orthopedics, traumatology, cosmetology, rehabilitation, sports medicine, and more.
To a Westerner, Tuina is the form of Asian bodywork most closely resembling conventional western massage. Despite the similarities, one of Tuina’s advantages over simple massage is its ability to focus on specific problems, especially chronic pain associated with the muscles, joints, and skeletal system. It’s especially effective for joint pain (such as arthritis), sciatica, muscle spasms, and pain in the back, neck, and shoulders. It also helps chronic conditions such as insomnia, constipation, headaches (including migraines), and the tension associated with stress.