Tuina Medical Acupressure Massage
Tuina, translated literally as “push and grasp,” has been practiced by doctors in Chinese hospitals for more than 4,000 years dating back to the Shang Dynasty. Tuina uses Traditional Chinese Medicine as a basis for treatment. Concepts of Qi energy, blood circulation, and yin/yang play pivotal roles.
The system of Tuina Therapy uses vibrational hand techniques, stimulation of acupressure points, and passive range of movement to release constriction in the tissues, increase circulation, and balance energy flow allowing the body to heal itself naturally.
With Tuina Medical Acupressure you can expect miraculous improvements with specific conditions, such as muscle pain, headaches, and many internal diseases afflicting the body. Tuina, by its very nature will remove stagnation, move blood, fluids, and energy into better alignment to allow your body to heal. Don’t just rub it, fix it!
Tuina is a Chinese healing therapy that puts your mind and your body in a position to heal itself. Tuina is an awesome way to maintain optimal health as well as prevent disease. It can be used as a proactive health maintenance plan or as a responsive treatment to a current condition.
The goal is to harmonize the flow of energy throughout the body. Sometimes energy flow gets stuck; it’s your practitioner’s role to assess where the blockage is located and then to apply a variety of techniques to release tension, move energy along the body’s energy meridians, and set up a healing vibration. These techniques may include:
Tuina is an ancient art of healing that combines bodywork with movement to improve your health and put you on a path toward continued wellness. Tuina is a safe, effective, and convenient healthcare treatment that, through a combination of techniques such as massage, breathing exercising, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Meditation, provides real results in pain relief and emotional wellbeing.
During a Tuina treatment, you may sit on a stool, lay on a table, lay on a mat on the floor, or any combination of the above. You remain completely clothed throughout your treatment which will range from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the goal of the session. This massage and bodywork aspect of Tuina helps address areas of pain, emotional stress, or both, but is only one part of the treatment. The other part is the incorporation of movement.
In Traditional Oriental Medicine, movement is life. Imagine a door that has not been opened in ages… The hinges have rusted and are much more resistant to movement. This is an apt metaphor for the human body in pain. “Rust” develops in your body as a result of stagnation, which leads to pain and discomfort. What Tuina treatments focus on is real, long lasting results that come from physical bodywork sessions combined with a bringing movement back to the body.
Tuina is a unique approach to healing the body and the mind. Our specific methods used will vary and are treatments are fine tuned for each client.
The Tuina Process
Tuina is a safe, effective, and convenient healthcare treatment. Treatments can range from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the goal of the session.
STEP 1. A HOLISTIC ASSESSMENT AND CONNECTION WITH THE CLIENT
To give you an optimal treatment, your practitioner needs a holistic understanding about you. So, the first step of every Tuina session will be a thorough interview and assessment of your body’s energy flow. Your practitioner will be genuinely interested in how you characterize your energy level, your pain, and your emotions. Your practitioner will not only listen to your words, but also the tone and volume of your voice, she or he will observe your body language, the brightness in your eyes, and the expression on your face. Then your practitioner will simply place their hands on your body in stillness to attune with your energy.
STEP 2. GETTING THE QI
Your practitioner will set up a healing vibration that will bring qi energy all the way down to a cellular level. She or he will accomplish this by using round rubbing hand movements, ‘jostling’ – shaking movements that interrupt energy patterns and by applying light acupressure.
STEP 3. FOCUSING THERAPY ON THE PROBLEM AREA(S)
With your energy flowing more freely now, your therapist will focus healing techniques directly on your pain centers. Using techniques such as press and release, grasping, kneading and acupressure she or he will affect the immediate issue. The pressure will be adjusted for the most effective healing depending on the amount of stagnation and sensitivity in your body. At times it may be deep with an intense and effective sensation. At other times, when there is too much stagnant energy, pressure will be lightened to prevent you from tensing up and inhibiting the healing. As the stagnation releases with treatments, the practitioner may apply deeper pressure.
STEP 4. INTEGRATION
After increasing energy flow at the localized pain center, your practitioner will help the energy move out of the localized area so that it is flowing throughout the whole body. This stage is where Thai massage techniques such as stretching and rotating joints is often employed.
STEP 5. CLOSING
The closing stage is to compassionately smooth out the flow of energy, and to calm the body and mind back down from the intense sensations of the massage. Your practitioner will use slow gentle and circular motions to leave you in a warm, calm state.
After treatment you will be asked to rest for a couple minutes to allow the treatment to settle. Your therapist will then discuss effects of treatment with you, make recommendations for self-care, and set follow up sessions as appropriate to your issues.
Relief from poor neck rotation, nerve compression, herniated discs
Shoulder & Arm
Healing for bursitis, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff injuries…..
Low back pain affects about 80% of adults, don’t let it hold you back!
Legs & Lower Body
Healing for muscle strain, spasms, nerve compressions….
Releasing tension and freeing the flow of energy
Rebalancing of energy to release toxins and stimulate circulation
Rebalancing energy to restore natural harmony
Head, Neck & Shoulder
Healing techniques to release tensions allowing energy flow
Lower Back & Legs
Healing for sciatica, sprains and strains, restless legs, and more
Head to Toe
Tuina and Acupressure techniques for the ultimate stress relief