Tui Na Massage
Similar to acupuncture and Thai massage, Tui Na massage works on balancing the bodys meridian system, by first identifying and then unblocking the vital meridians (Qu or chi) within the body. Once the meridians are balanced, proper health and harmony are expected to follow.
Even though Tui Na is similar to acupuncture because it works to balance the chi, needles are never used in this hands-on treatment. During a Tui Na massage the practitioner will first feel their clients pulse. This is done in order to identify the chi that needs to be unblocked. Next the masseuse will apply their hands and massage key points on the clients body to unblock the meridians, and to encourage the free flow of energy throughout the body.
Chinese massage can be used alone or in combination with other types of holistic treatments in order to relieve pain, muscular tension and disease throughout the body. Acupressure, a firm type of pressure applied to various meridians on the body, is applied in order to stimulate specific chi during a Tui Na massage. Additional pushing or grasping strokes will encourage muscle relaxation, improve circulation, and encourage the healing of the meridians and the free flow of chi.
Tui Na massage is still widely used in hospitals and rehabilitation centers throughout China today. Often Tui Na is used in combination with other forms of traditional Chinese healing and medicine. In fact, in China Tui Na practitioners are given the same respect that we, in North America, bestow on our physicians.