Tuina is one of the four main branches of Chinese medicine. It involves a combination of massage, acupressure, body manipulation and qigong. It is probably the oldest documented form of massage in the world, having been used in China for thousands of years. Tuina is the "grandmother" of many forms of modern day bodywork, from Shiatsu to Osteopathy. Unlike many other forms of massage, Tuina is also used to treat internal illnesses in addition to musculo-skeletal issues.
There are many forms of Tuina practiced in China, each with their own distinct style. All are based on the principles of Chinese medicine, and involve using massage or bodywork skills to help bring the clients body and energy fields back into harmony. Tuina excels at opening, releasing, and balancing the tissues of the body on a physical level. It is very beneficial in reducing the neck, back, hip, knee, and shoulder pain. As the body releases tightly held postural patterns, the client also experiences greater emotional harmony and well being.
A skilled Tuina practitioner can also use intent, ability and qi extension to access deeper levels of the client's being, nourishing, harmonizing and supporting qi and blood, yin and yang. This can lead to a very profound healing experience.
The form of Tuina that I practice is very dynamic, yet deeply nurturing. After brushing through and warming the entire body, invigorating both qi and blood, we will work with the energy gates and the joints of the body. This style opens and expands the joints in a way that is both relaxing and invigorating.
This style of Tuina is very difficult to describe. It has to be experienced. And it is wonderful!
There are many aspects of this particular style of Tuina that allow it to affect physical change on a very deep level. I find it to be well tolerated even by clients who do not normally like massage, or whose bodies are resistant to change.
If you are coming for a Tuina session, plan on wearing loose and comfortable clothing. You will be fully clothed throughout the treatment. Tuina sessions usually last about an hour.