Tui Na (pronounced: twee-nah) is a form of Chinese medical massage that combines body movements and soft tissue manipulation for improved circulation and to realign musculoskeletal structures. Tui Na is often used in conjunction with Acupuncture, Cupping Therapy, and External Herb Application.
Tui Na is thought to help stimulate the flow of vital energy (called “chi”) throughout the body. According to the principles of TCM, health problems occur when the flow of “chi” (vital energy) is blocked in the body at any point along a meridian. The meridians are pathways that run throughout the body consisting of nerves, blood vessels, and fascial lines. Each meridian has many acupuncture points along its pathway, that coincide with major nerve centers. By removing these blockages, Tui Na is said to restore the body’s balance of chi and, in turn, improve overall health.
The first visit is an hour long and like an interview, involves the patient answering questions pertaining to their individual body. The interview process is a way for the practitioner to see a detailed picture of what is going on internally, so the treatment can be tailored to the patients’ needs. Tui Na uses a combination of soft tissue manipulation, acupressure, deep-tissue massage, and osteopathic joint movements, making it an effective and complementary therapy to sports medicine.