Tuina is a Traditional Chinese Medical Bodywork Therapy which differs from western massage that has been used in China for 2,000 years. Tuina dates back to the Shang Dynasty of China, 1700 B.C. Oracle bones show that Tuina massage was used to treat children's diseases and digestive complaints in adults. By 600 A.C. Tuina was included in the Imperial Medical College as a separate department. Tuina uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi through the meridians as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques Tuina seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, regaining Ying Yang balance and allowing the body naturally heal itself.
Tuina methods include the use of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques on certain acupoints to directly affect the flow of Qi, and manipulation techniques to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships. External herbal poultices, lotions, liniments, and salves are also used to enhance the other therapeutic methods.
Tuina is particularly effective in healing and dispelling of conditions such as pain in neck, back, head and sports injuries, as well as being great at relieving stress. It plays an important role in the fields of rehabilitation and health preservation, and also has been accepted as a safe, effective, relaxing therapy by people across the globe.
Acupressure--applying pressure with the fingers to various acupoint.