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Tui Na as Part of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Tui Na is a massage technique that has been practiced as part of traditional Chinese medicine since 1700 B.C. It consists of rhythmic compressions that go along established energy channels. Tui means gliding and Na means kneading.

Tui Na affects the flow of energy, or Qi, throughout the body by holding and placing strong pressure along acupuncture points. The primary goal of Tui Na is to remove Qi blockage and promote healing. It is a much more therapeutic and intense version of modern day massage which is often used for relaxation.

Tui Na can be used to treat the following conditions or ailments:

  • Arthritis
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sciatica
  • Chronic pain
  • Constipation
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Tension
  • Joint discomfort

Tui Na involves a great deal of pulling and rocking. This intense deep tissue style massage can be compared to the results someone may get from chiropractic techniques or physical therapy. A typical session may last from 30 minutes to an hour.

Practitioners usually go through intensive training to perform Tui Na properly. They learn how to use their breath to direct their hands. This allows their own Qi to be filtered through and helps patients heal themselves. 

There are a few precautions that should be taken due to the intense nature of Tui Na.  Although it is safe for elderly individuals and children it can feel painful as results are achieved.  Herbal compresses are used and laid on the body, so if you have open lesions or wounds these should not be applied. The amount and type of herbs used on the compresses may also provoke an allergic reaction in some people. However, despite these precautions Tui Na is safe and effective for most people.

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