Tuina or tui-na (pronounced twee-nah) massage originated in ancient China and is believed to be the oldest system of bodywork.

Tuina is one of the four main branches of traditional Chinese medicine, along with acupuncture, qi gong, and Chinese herbal medicine. This technique is based on the theory that imbalances of qi, which is your body’s vital life force or energy, can cause blockages or imbalances that lead to symptoms such as pain and illness.

How it works 

When you receive a Tuina massage, it stimulates the flow of qi to promote balance and harmony within your body. Using many of the same principles of acupuncture. It’s similar to acupuncture in the way it targets specific acupoints, but your practitioner, Ann, will use fingers instead of needles to apply pressure to stimulate these points within your body. Tuina massage can be used in combination with Western dry needling, Tendon healing and hot cupping.

At The Hub New Mills we do not give each of you the same massage. The massage you receive is bespoke to you and you alone. No two massage are the same. Consequently, you all have different needs and outcomes from the treatment that you have received.

The philosophy and principles of Tuina massage

Are based on traditional Chinese medicine, which focuses on emotional and physical components of a person’s well-being. Also taking into consideration other aspects such as climate, relationships, and diet.

So the underlying philosophy of Tuina massage is that true health is achieved when one has found harmony and balance inside your own self and environment.

The goal of Tuina massage is to create harmony in the yin and yang of the body by getting rid of blockages and disturbances that manifest as illness, disease, and emotional issues.

Similar to acupuncture, Tuina massage uses the same energetic meridians and acupoints to balance the qi and blood in your body, leading to better health. Qi that’s flowing incorrectly can cause blockages, such as poor blood circulation in the affected area.

The main therapeutic goal of Tuina massage is to remove the energetic blocks that are causing qi stagnation.

A Tuina Session

During a session, your practitioner Ann, will use oscillating and pressure techniques that differ in force and speed. Tuina massage can be done as a stronger deep-tissue massage or a more gentle, energetic treatment.

Some techniques are more yin, which is more gentle, passive, and meditative. The yang approach is more active, dynamic, and physical, creating more intense sensations by stimulating deep blockages and knots.

Ann’s focus is to massage the muscles and tendons and may use manipulation techniques to realign the body. She may use passive joint movements to restore function to muscles and joints. Ann has spent several years developing these techniques and regularly uses her skills as taught by Total Therapy Training – Total Therapy Training as she has trained with them since 2017.

Through out your Tuina massage, Ann will consider your specific needs and use various techniques to ensure you receive the best possible outcome for each session. To enhance the effects of the treatment lotions, serums and salves may be used.

Tuina massage uses techniques such as acupressure and retraining of the muscle memory, which allows your muscles to move more freely.

Occasionally techniques that are common to osteopathy and chiropractic, such as stretching and joint mobilizations, are also used.

Other techniques include

Rolling.  Is used for injuries such as sprains and strains.

One-finger technique.  Is one-finger stimulation of acupressure points.

Nei gung.  A full-body manipulation technique.

Tuina massage can help to treat your pain and illness, or to maintain your good health. The technique is effective in reducing stress, encouraging relaxation, and deepening sleep. It’s often used for conditions and injuries related to the muscular (musculoskeletal) and nervous systems.

Here are some conditions Tuina massage can treat

  • neck and back pain
  • musculoskeletal disorders
  • premenstrual syndrome
  • fatigue and insomnia
  • carpal tunnel
  • headaches
  • arthritis
  • osteoporosis
  • stress
  • digestive conditions
  • respiratory conditions

Side effects

Tuina massage is a safe treatment and is generally well tolerated. However, remember that its not a gentle or relaxing massage and you may feel some discomfort during or after a session. Slight bruising is possible. If you have fractures, vein inflammation or any type of open wound it is not recommended for you. Similarly, it is not recommended for you if you have chronic back issues – such as ankylosing spondylitis.

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