The Chinese Massage is known as Tui Na. Tui means “to push” and Na means “to grab or squeeze” in Chinese. In following the bodywork principles of TCM, Tui Na works along the Meridians (energy channels) and on focused Qi (“chee”) points (also called acupressure points) to break up stagnation and bring the body and mind back into balance and harmony. Many of the soft tissue techniques used in a Tui Na session include grabbing, squeezing, compression, rubbing, and kneading. Joint manipulation techniques are also incorporated into the session, which include shaking, jostling, joint rotations, pushing and pulling, and stretching. The combination the techniques create a relaxing and vigorous treatment.
Most Tui Na Massage sessions last between 30 to 60 minutes long and are usually a focused treatment for the condition at hand for the client. Traditionally the client remains clothed, wearing comfortable, loose fitting clothes and is either lying on a massage table or seated upright. Tui Na can also be incorporated into a regular massage session, using proper draping.
Some benefits of Tui Na include:
- Reduces pain in neck, shoulders, arms, hands, back, hips, legs, ankles, and feet.
- Increases mobility of joints.
- Alleviates stress related disorders such as insomnia, constipation, and headaches.
- Helps restore and bring balance back to the digestive and respiratory systems.
- Promotes relaxation.
- Increases overall energy.
- Calms the mind.