Acupressure & Tuina: Chinese Massage

Tuina DemonstrationTuina is a vigorous form of massage that originated in China. It’s based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, so it activates the Acupressure points and works along the meridian pathways.

Tuina Chinese Massage (also known as Tui Na) stimulates the Qi or Chi (the healing energy flow) using Acupressure hand movements, full body stretches, joint rotations, and other Chinese massage methods. It utiltizes a wide variety of hand techniques in a vigorous way. A skilled practitioner can apply these massage techniques with a wide variety of strokes, from gentle ones to strong and intense applications, depending on the condition of the client.

Chinese Tuina

Benefits of Tuina

Tuina, Chinese Massage, helps to relieve muscle cramping, tension, stiffness, and pain, such as in the back, shoulders, and neck. It increases the range of motion of the joints and balances the Qi or Chi energy in the meridians.

Tuina treatments can help with other common ailments, such as headaches and insomnia. Tuina also boosts circulation, reduces stress, increases relaxation, and promotes overall optimal health.

Tuina Techniques

You can use the following Tuina Massage techniques in your healing work.

Firm, Deep Pressure
This is the most fundamental Tuina technique. It’s done by using the thumbs, fingers, palms, the side of the hand, or the knuckles to apply steady, stationary pressure.

To relax an area or relieve pain, apply pressure gradually and hold without any movement for several minutes at a time. One minute of steady pressure, when applied gradually, calms and relaxes the nervous system, promoting greater healing.

Tuina DemonstrationKneading Muscles
This technique uses the thumbs and fingers along with the heels of the hands to firmly squeeze large muscle groups. The motion is similar to that of kneading a large mass of dough. To stimulate an area, apply pressure for a shorter amount of time — only several seconds.

Simply lean the weight of your upper body into the muscle, creating firm compression, to make it soft and pliable. This relieves general stiffness, shoulder and neck tension, constipation, and spasms in the calf muscles.

Brisk Rubbing
This method uses friction to stimulate the blood and lymph to flow properly. Rub the skin lightly to relieve chilling, swelling, and numbness by increasing circulation. It also benefits the nerves and the tone of the skin.

Tuina DemonstrationQuick Tapping
When you tap on Acupressure points, different techniques are used, depending on the area of the body you’re working on.

For sensitive parts of the body, light tapping with your fingertips can stimulate Acupressure points and muscles on unprotected, tender areas of the body, such as the face.

For more muscular areas of the body, such as the back or buttocks, use a loose fist. This can improve the functioning of nerves and sluggish muscles in the area.

Deep Relaxation

Always end a Tuina treatment with at least five to ten minutes of deep relaxation. This allows the healing energy (the Qi or Chi) that’s been released to flow and balance.