Developed in China over 2,000 years ago, Tui Na (pronounced TWEE-NAR) massage uses similar principles to acupuncture.
It works to release blockages in the flow of energy, or Qi, using the hands and fingers rather than needles. It works well in conjunction with Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat menstrual and hormonal disorders, respiratory problems, digestive complaints and emotional imbalances.
What conditions is it used for?
Tui Na massage is revitalising and energising. It shifts problems that have been stuck in your body and aids healing at all levels. It can work well in conjunction with other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine in dealing with a range of health problems including menstrual and hormonal disorders, respiratory problems, digestive complaints and emotional imbalances.
What to expect
Your practitioner will begin by taking a consultation and feeling the pulse of your energy flow. From this they will diagnose any imbalances in your energy system and where blocks may need releasing. The massage combines techniques from western massage: effleurage (gliding), petrissage (kneading), vibration, shaking and rocking; with other movements unique to Tui Na: compression of the acupuncture points, joint manipulation and mobilisation. Your practitioner will use their fingers, thumbs, palms, knuckles, forearms, elbows, knees and feet to perform these movements.
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