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Tui Na massage

20 September, 2011

Developed in China over 2,000 years ago, Tui Na (pronounced TWEE-NAR) massage uses similar principles to acupuncture.

It works to release blockages in the flow of energy, or Qi, using the hands and fingers rather than needles. It works well in conjunction with Traditional Chinese Medicine  to treat menstrual and hormonal disorders, respiratory problems, digestive complaints and emotional imbalances.

What conditions is it used for?

Tui Na massage is revitalising and energising. It shifts problems that have been stuck in your body and aids healing at all levels. It can work well in conjunction with other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine in dealing with a range of health problems including menstrual and hormonal disorders, respiratory problems, digestive complaints and emotional imbalances.

What to expect

Your practitioner will begin by taking a consultation and feeling the pulse of your energy flow. From this they will diagnose any imbalances in your energy system and where blocks may need releasing. The massage combines techniques from western massage: effleurage (gliding), petrissage (kneading), vibration, shaking and rocking; with other movements unique to Tui Na: compression of the acupuncture points, joint manipulation and mobilisation. Your practitioner will use their fingers, thumbs, palms, knuckles, forearms, elbows, knees and feet to perform these movements.

 

  • Neal’s Yard Remedies has stores all over the UK with dedicated therapy rooms offering a wide range of treatments – from acupuncture to shiatsu. For more information about which therapies are on offer at a location near you click here.