Tui Na Chinese therapeutic massage

Quick facts

  • Massage to promote the natural healing process
  • Used for a wide variety of conditions
  • Specialised, gentle methods are especially useful for treating babies and children
  • Simple routines can be continued daily at home
  • Used as part of acupuncture treatment for adults

Tui Na massage uses the hands to press on specific points on the surface of the body to stimulate the body’s own natural healing process. Sometimes known as Chinese therapeutic massage, or acupressure massage, Tui Na uses the same channels and points as acupuncture and they are both disciplines within Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Tui Na can be used to work on the muscle at the site of an injury or trauma, or more widely across the body. Tui Na, meaning ‘push and pluck’, uses massage techniques to break down adhesions and scar tissue at a local level. This increases the flow of blood and oxygen necessary to repair damaged tissue.

When the acupressure points are stimulated across a larger area, they release tension and increase the entire body’s circulation of blood and nutrients to bring about the body’s healing process.

Because Tui Na uses the acupuncture channels, it can be used to treat a wide range of internal conditions. We usually use Tui Na alongside acupuncture to treat adults.

In addition, one of the many advantages of Tui Na is that it can be taught to the patient as a remedial therapy to perform daily as a routine to maintain the healing process and encourage blood and oxygen to flow through any damaged area of the body. This daily routine can be particularly useful when treating babies and children, where needles may not be necessary.


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