What is Tui Na massage and what are its benefits?
Tui Na is a form of massage that has been used in China for more than 2000 years. It is defined as the application of specific techniques with varying magnitudes of force using hands, limbs or other body parts, depending on the area that is being treated. It is usually used in conjunction with other Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities to increase their effectiveness.
The techniques and manipulation used in Tui Na are rigorous and involve the use of finger pressure, hands and limbs as tools to influence the flow of Qi (the body’s energy) to help in treating different illnesses and diseases. Tui Na can also be used to assist in building the body’s immunity by helping boost the Wei Qi (the defensive energy), which in turn will help the body fight off any evil pathogens that the body may come in contact daily.
Tui Na is said to relax as well as energize the person after they have been given a treatment. The main benefit of Tui Na massage is that it focuses on the specific problem, whether it is an acute or a chronic pain associated with the joints, muscles or a skeletal system. This technique is very beneficial in reducing the pain of musculoskeletal disorders and is a very effective therapy for people with arthritis, pain, sciatica and muscle spasms. Other benefits of Tui Na include alleviation of the stress related disorders such as insomnia, constipation, headaches and other disorders related to digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems.