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Tui na

Tui Na (pronounced twee na) is a healing technique developed in China over 2,000 years ago. The Tui Na system incorporates methods similar to chiropractic, osteopathic and physical therapy in the form of massage, acupressure and bodywork. The session is done entirely with the practitioner's hands to help increase the beneficial flow of Qi through the patients meridian system. Stretching and various hand techniques are used to restore and correct neuromuscular patterns and anatomical musculoskeletal relationships. Acupressure points may be selected to rebalance and harmonize the flow of Qi and blood through the organ meridians to encourage healing, eliminate biochemical irritants and prevent further injury.

What are the Benefits of Tui Na?

Tui Na is well suited for the treatment of any musculoskeletal disorder, including shoulder problems, joint pain, back, hip, leg, knee and ankle disorders and the system can bring relief to chronic stress-related disorders of the respiratory, reproductive and digestive systems. 

Another advantage of Tui Na's is its ability to focus on specific problems. It is especially effective for joint pain associated with sciatica, arthritis, muscle spasms, and pain in the neck, back, and shoulders. It can also be used to ease chronic conditions such as insomnia, constipation, headaches and migraines.

By keeping the body’s energy in balance, Tui Na will help prevent problems. Tui Na’s benefits are physical as well as mental and emotional.

What is the difference between Tui Na and regular massage?

Despite the similarities between Tui Na and traditional Swedish massage, Tui Na is not necessarily for those seeking a mild, relaxing massage.  Tui Na is more focused and therapeutic than other types of bodywork.

Do I need to be hurt to benefit from Tui Na?

You do not need to be hurt to benefit from a session. Tui Na is great for maintaining optimal health and preventing disease.

How should I prepare for a Tui Na treatment?

We recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing as it is not necessary to undress for your session. We also suggest that you have a light snack about an hour before your appointment. For this treatment you should neither be full or hungry.

How often and how many Tui Na treatments are necessary?

One to three treatments are usually sufficient to ease pain and improve flexibility. This will vary depending primarily on the concern and condition of the patient.  If the problem is chronic, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly treatments may be advised. If your primary concern is health maintenance and illness prevention, we typically suggest treatment on a monthly basis.

Are there any contraindications?

You should not have a Tui Na session if you have a fracture, infectious condition, open wound, phlebitis or lesions.


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