Tuina is one of the main branches, along with Acupuncture-Moxibustion, Cupping, Qigong and Herbal Medicine of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is based on the same principles and theories, it uses the same Acupuncture points and meridians and like the better known therapy of Acupuncture it views the person as a whole and treats the person rather than their illness and is an excellent form of preventative medicine and health maintenance.

Tuina (pronounced ‘twi na’) literally means to push (tui) and to grasp (na), which are two of its techniques. It is a form of deep tissue massage, but differs from a lot of Western style massage with its use of rhythmic techniques and by the fact that the massage is done through a cotton sheet. It can be performed both lying and seated and sometimes uses herbal creams and lotions.

Although it is often used as a form of general massage it is also commonly used as a form of Sports Massage or injury treatment – often combined with acupuncture and/or followed by cupping.

Tuina can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions including but not limited to:
• Neck pain and Stress
• Headache, Migraine
• Diabetes, Low energy
• Back pain, Sciatica
• Rheumatism, Arthritis
• Joint pain or Moving pain
• Ankle or Wrist pain
• Sports injuries

Provider: Shane McMunn