Traditional Chinese Massage (Tui Na) is commonly used in the treatment in a wide range of conditions, especially for Back Pain, Physical and Sports injury’s, Chronic Pain, Headaches and Migraines. Tui Na uses a variety of effective massage techniques to release the muscles, improve circulation and correct any postural misalignments in the body.
Tui Na Deep Tissue Massage is highly effective at releasing the deep-rooted areas of tension throughout the body to leave you feeling light, rejuvenated and stress free. It has a very relaxing effect on the nervous system and can be very effective for alleviating Stress and Anxiety.
The diversity of techniques is what makes Chinese Massage stand out and gives it the unique ability to adapt and address many different types of complaints. Tui Na Massage can also be used for general healthcare, stress relief and wellbeing. Most of us tend to carry around a large amount of excessive physical and mental tension in our daily lives.
Dating back more the 4000 years, elements of Tui Na Massage can clearly be seen to have inspired many modern forms of massage including: Shiatsu, Myofascial release therapy, Reflexology, Chiropractics and Craniosacral therapy.
Massage for the Muscles and Joints
- Muscular Tension
- Back Pain and Sciatica
- Joint Pain and Arthritis
- Postural Misalignments and Scoliosis
- Sports Injuries
- Repetitive Strain Injury
Tui Na can be effective at working with a wide range of musculo-skeletal issues and injuries. It is very common to find tight muscles surrounding the area of an injury. These muscles often ‘lock’ to protect a joint or vital structure. Releasing the muscles around the site of an injury is an effective way to strengthen the healing process by reducing any inflammation and increasing circulation at the site of the injury.
Muscular tension will often pull certain joints out of their natural alignment. The release of the muscles and soft tissue tension alongside the manipulation techniques are a very effective way to correct these misalignments which can have a profound effect on many other aspects of the body and nervous system.
Trapped nerves are commonly seen in practice and can become trapped by a compression in a joint or tight soft tissue (such as piriformis syndrome). By releasing the muscles and opening up the space in between the joints it is possible to effectively relieve the pressure and pain from trapped nerve issues such as Sciatica.
Massage for the Immune System, Organs and the Mind
Digestive and Intestinal disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Pain and Migraines
- Stress and Anxiety
- Chronic Fatigue
Tui Na Massage is also commonly used for the treatment of the internal organs. Organs can often become pressured or constricted by muscular tension or misalignments in the spine. By releasing this tension and re-aligning the spine, any excess pressure is removed the organ can function more efficiently. In some cases, such as the intestines, we massage the organs directly which is especially useful in cases of IBS and constipation.
The effects of massage in increasing the circulation of blood and lymph fluid in the body is well documented. This is essential for maintaining a healthy body and a strong immune system by ensuring a good supply of oxygenated blood and nutrients to the tissues and organs.
Chinese Massage also has a very calming effect on the nervous system and directly increases ‘parasympathetic’ action. This is the restful state of our nervous system, the opposite of the ‘fight or flight’ or ‘sympathetic’ state which most of us find ourselves stuck in all too often. By balancing the the nervous system massage can have a very positive effect on psycho-emotional issues such as stress, anxiety and depression.
Bone Setting (Jie Gu)
The bone setting and joint manipulation techniques of Tui Na are similar to many chiropractic and osteopathic techniques. They involve re-aligning and adjusting the various joints and the spine.
The benefits of having a well aligned skeletal structure cannot be over-stated. On a muscular level a well aligned skeleton will distribute the weight of the body down more evenly in harmony with gravity rather than fighting against it.
The vast majority of muscular tension and joint pain is due to skeletal misalignment and requires both Bone Setting and Deep Tissue Massage to re-align the body.
As well as taking any excess strain off the muscular system a well aligned skeleton helps reduce the weight and bearing placed on all the internal organs. In this way Tui Na Massage can have a profound affect in treating conditions such as intestinal disorders.
Deep Tissue (Tui Na)
Tui Na works with the muscles, tendons, ligaments and the fascia to unbind habitual tension within the body. The fascia can be likened to a fibrous wet suit that envelops and weaves the body’s tissues together.
On a physical level this releases muscular tension as well as lengthening and strengthening the muscles, relieves pain and also helps treat skeletal misalignment’s.
We all have a tendency to carry a great deal of both physical and mental tension within our bound up muscles and Tui Na Massage can encourage the body to let go of this tension which greatly improves the circulation of Qi and Blood within the body.
Acupressure (Jing Point Therapy)
Tui Na uses Acupressure techniques to stimulate certain vital points on the body to help release muscular tension, alleviate pain, treat conditions of the internal organs and treat emotional disturbances and stress.
As well as the physical benefits of releasing tight area’s of tissue, Tui Na Massage aims to re-balance the body’s energetic system using the stimulation of these points in various fashions.
The Acu-points have a wide range of functions in treat specific illnesses and conditions. In this way Acupressure works in a similar way to Acupuncture. See the Acupuncture section for more information about it’s benefits.
Massage for Healthcare
Tui Na Massage emphasises physical techniques and the physical benefits alone can have a vast improvement on someone’s health. However Tui Na is also concerned with re-balancing the body’s Qi. This helps restore the health of the mind and body at a more fundamental level.
This is what differentiates it from other forms of massage and gives Tui Na its unique therapeutic effects.
As well as treating specific injury’s and conditions, Tui Na is an extremely effective healthcare system in its own right. See for yourself how strong the rejuvenating and relaxing affects of Chinese Massage can be.