Brief explanation of the therapy
Tuina is a therapeutic style of massage that was developed in China and has been in use for many thousands of years. In fact, it is likely to be the oldest system of bodywork still practiced today and its popularity continues to grow.
Tuina, pronounced ‘twee-nah’, is one of the main components of Traditional Chinese Medicine alongside acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Qi Gong. The word tuina means literally ‘push and grasp’.
Tuina uses the same principles as acupuncture and is often used alongside acupuncture. It is practiced over clothing or more traditionally, a thin cotton sheet. It can be used to treat a wide variety of musculo-skeletal conditions such as chronic pain, joint pain, neck, shoulder and back pain, fibromyalgia and sciatica but it can also be very effective for treating many other conditions such as headaches, digestive issues and gynaecological problems.
What can the client expect at the appointment
At your first appointment your practitioner will take a case history before treating you. Tuina can be performed sitting up or lying down on a massage table and each treatment is tailored to the patient’s need. It is best to wear loose clothing of natural fibres to your appointment. Tuina does not generally have any adverse side effects although some patients may feel tired after treatment. Tuina is not recommended for patients with osteoporosis, and caution is advised when treating patients with skin complaints such as eczema or psoriasis.