Tui Na Massage
Tui Na Massage is a fundamental part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Its name is composed of two words: “Tui” means “pushing”, and “Na” means “grasping”. Together, they describe an ancient form of bodywork, which aims at adjusting the flow of energy to restore the body's balance. To those who have experienced both acupressure and Shiatsu, a Tui Na session may seem like a cross between the two.
Like Shiatsu, Tui Na uses rhythmic compression along energy channels of the body, as well as a variety of techniques that manipulate and lubricate the joints. Like acupressure, Tui Na directly affects the flow of energy by holding and pressing the body at acupressure points.
Among Asian bodyworks, Tui Na is the one that most closely resembles conventional western massage. It uses similar techniques, such as gliding, kneading, percussion, friction, pulling, rotation, rocking, vibration, and shaking. Whereas a Swedish-style massage mainly aims to relax the body, the intent of a Tui Na massage is also therapeutical. Apart from relaxation, Tui Na focuses on specific health problems, especially chronic pain, soreness, and numbness of limbs and joints. It is often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, and Chinese herbalism.
What to expect
The style of Tui Na practiced in China today is closer to the work of chiropractors, osteopaths, and physical therapists than to that of massage therapists. It’s taught as a separate but equal field of study in schools of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and requires the same level of training as acupuncturists and herbalists. Our registered Chinese Medicine doctor practices Tui Na as well.
What a Tui Na massage achieves:
- Dredging the energy channels of the body
- Lubricating the flowing of energy, blood, and nutrients
- Soothing the joints, including muscles, tendons, and ligaments
- Relocation of joints
- Reinforce the energy of the viscera
- Restore the digestive function
- Help the lung discharging phlegm
- Acupressure, manipulating with fingers as needles
Tui Na Massage is particularly helpful with:
- Joint pain (such as Arthritis)
- Muscle Spasms
- Sports Injuries (both preventing and alleviating)
- Pain in the Back/ Neck/ Shoulders
- Headaches (including Migraines)
- Tension associated with Stress
Relieves back aches and swelling.
The extra weight of a pregnant woman starts to put a strain on the back, hips and legs which results in a myriad of symptoms including back aches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches, swelling and overall discomfort. Massage throughout pregnancy is an excellent complement to prenatal care and will help to improve overall well-being and prepare for birth.
Common benefits of pregnancy massage
A woman experiences more relief from pregnancy massage when entering the second trimester because the body gains more weight. This treatment will be useful in relieving all aches and stiffness.
• Relieves headaches by focusing on the head, neck and shoulders
• Relieves muscle tension and encouraging blood flow
• Relieves fatigue, backaches, leg cramps and swelling (edema)
• Release serotonin, body's natural pain killer
If you are a woman with a normal, low-risk pregnancy, you can benefit from the variety of massage techniques offered by us. However, if you feel you are currently in a high-risk pregnancy you should first consult with your doctor or midwife before beginning our massage therapy programs. Contact us if you want to get more information, we would love to help.
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