a brief introduction to acupressure

What is Tui Na?
Tui Na (pronounced tway na) is the name used for a wide variety of massage techniques. It has been used in China for 2,000 years. It can be traced back to 1700 BC. Oracle bones show that Tui Na massage was used to treat children’s diseases and digestive complains in adults. Tui Na is spreading throughout the world as a powerful therapeutic method now.

Tui Na is a professional branch of Chinese medicine that uses hand manipulations (massage) for therapeutic reasons. It utilizes the same theories and principles of health and disease as acupuncture and herbology, which are other two major elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine. While sharing the same basic energetic theory, each area uses different means for influencing the energy of a person toward health and away from disease. All three therapies attempt to achieve the same results.

How does Tui Na work?
Tui Na therapy utilizes hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of qi, and manipulation techniques to realign the muscular-skeletal and ligaments relationships (bone setting). It treats various energetic imbalances that may result in disease. This is achieved by:

  1. removing obstructions to the flow of energy (qi) throughout the body;
  2. promoting an increase in qi and blood circulation;
  3. re-alignment of joints;
  4. healing of soft tissue injuries;
  5. adjusting internal organs;
  6. regulation of nerves;
  7. Loosens stiff joints and muscles.

Differences from other massage
Tui Na is quite different from the Western forms of massage. Most Western massage focuses on relaxation, particularly of the muscles. Tui Na may be used for relaxation, but it may also be used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions. Thus, Tui Na is sometimes translated as Chinese Medical Massage.

Tui Na’s benefits
Whether for adults or children Tui Na presents several useful advantages. It is well suited for the treatment of specific muscular-skeletal disorders (e.g. acute back strain, sprained joints, pulled muscles and tendons, rheumatism and arthritis) never paralysis, prolapsed of internal organs, sciatica, and similar ailments and chronic stress-related disorders of the digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems. It may be used by people who are interested in maintaining good health either at home or through professional treatments. Tui Na can be used to treat conditions when they are very minor and simple, thus preventing the development of a more serious condition.

Also, it may be used in conjunction with other types of therapy, either Chinese or Western, as one aspect of an overall treatment strategy