Tuina is an ancient form of healing bodywork that originated in China. It’s based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, so it uses the Acupressure points and works along the meridians.
Tuina Chinese Massage (also known as Tui Na) stimulates the Chi healing energy using Acupressure hand movements, full body stretches, joint rotations, and other Chinese massage methods. It has a wide variety of hand techniques, and can be done in either a gentle or vigorous way, depending on what’s needed.
It’s one of several different kinds of Acupressure that are currently practiced, and is similar to Shiatsu and Thai Massage, which also stimulate the points and meridians.
Benefits of Tuina
Tuina Chinese Massage helps to relieve muscle tension, stiffness, and pain, such as in the back, shoulders, and neck. It increases the range of motion of the joints and balances the 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.
Examples of Tuina Techniques
You can use the following Tuina Massage techniques in your healing work.
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.
To stimulate the area, apply pressure for only four or five seconds.
Slow Motion Kneading
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.
Simply lean the weight of your upper body into the muscle as you press, to make it soft and pliable. This relieves general stiffness, shoulder and neck tension, constipation, and spasms in the calf muscles.
This method uses friction to stimulate the blood and lymph. Rub the skin lightly to relieve chilling, swelling, and numbness by increasing circulation. It also benefits the nerves and the tone of the skin.
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.
Always end a Tuina treatment with deep relaxation. This allows the Chi energy that’s been released to flow and balance.