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Tui Na Massage


Tui na is effective at relieving a wide range of common health problems, treating the underlying cause of illness, pain and disease – as well as the related symptoms. Tui na massage can be very relaxing or can be more stimulating and can therefore be used for a wide range of conditions.

 

Tui na can be used preventatively, to encourage the movement of Qi (vital energy) and Blood, maintaining health and wellbeing before illness occurs, and can be used in conjunction with the other branches of traditional Chinese medicine.

 

Tui na is based on the Chinese medical principle that illness, pain and disease (or dis-ease) are symptoms caused by an imbalance or blockage of Qi, the body’s vital energy. Using Tui na I work with the body to encourage the flow of Qi and the balance of yin and yang energy and thus promoting health and wellbeing.

 

Tui na is practiced as both a physical therapy and a form of energetic medicine. Tui na treatment can vary in style depending on the condition being treated or the practitioners background and can be a dynamic deep style massage (Yang style) or a subtle energetic and relaxing treatment (Yin style). I am trained to use a broad range of manual manipulation and subtle Qi Gong techniques to stimulate the energy of the body, encouraging the smooth flow of Qi – promoting and maintaining health.

  

Generally a treatment moves through three levels. 1) Relatively gentle superficial techniques start to open the energy meridians and allow your muscles to relax. 2) The heart of the treatment consists of stronger, rhythmic techniques and point stimulation, or deep subtle energy work. You may feel deeply relaxed and sleepy during this stage. 3) Brisk sweeping techniques dissipate any stagnant energy that has been stirred-up during the treatment. Passive movements of joints and stretches can be incorporated at this stage.

  

Relaxing


The massage usually feels deep, warming, rhythmic and relaxing. It involves a wide range of specific manual techniques all of which have particular therapeutic effects. 

 

 

Skills


I am skilled at both manipulating joints and muscles to relieve musculoskeletal pain and stiffness like arthritis and sciatica and directing the flow of Qi / energy within the body using massage other techniques. These can stimulate the body’s energy and organs to treat deeper seated conditions such as IBS, depression and insomnia etc.

 

Treatment


Tui na Chinese massage can be applied either lying down or sitting in a chair.  Generally you do not need to remove any clothing unless the practitioner needs to apply herbal liniment to your skin, or use moxa, gua sha and cupping techniques. During the treatment you will be covered by a sheet which the practitioner works over, applying massage techniques.