Tui Na (pronounced “twee-nah”) or what I like to describe as Chinese Acupressure Therapy, is one of the three key elements of the ancient healing art of Traditional Chinese Medicine together with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Tui Na has been practised in China for more than 4,000 years and is available today in clinics and hospitals throughout the country either as a stand-alone treatment of combined with other practices such as acupuncture and cupping.
Tui means “push” and Na means “grasp” and the two combined provide a hands-on vigorous healing system. When in the hands of a Master Practitioner, I like to describe Tui Na as treating the conditions that in the West might be a treated by a combination of physiotherapy, osteopathy and chiropractic or sports therapy in one session. However added to this Tui Na acts at a deeper level as it influences the flow of Qi or a persons life force along energy channels or meridians.
Chinese medicine views all disease as caused by an imbalance and blockage of the flow of Qi along a meridian. By using Tui Na, I will be applying pressure to specific acupuncture / acupressure points along a meridian to allow the Qi to move more freely throughout the meridian thereby reducing stagnation and pain in the affected areas.
As in Acupuncture, I will conduct a thorough diagnosis before starting the treatment. But during a Tui Na session I will be guided by your feedback as to what feels good or painful and therefore the amount of pressure to use.
Tui Na can be used on nearly everyone – it is safe and effective. It can be used to treat both physical and emotional injuries but is particularly effective in treating muscle and joint pain and stress related disorders, IBS, general well-being and stimulating the immune system.