The History of Ancient Chinese Massage (Tuina)
Tui na or Tuina, is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with acupuncture, Moxibustion, Fire cupping, Chinese Herbalism, T'ai chi, and Qigong.
Tui na is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese Taoist and martial arts principles in an effort to bring the eight principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into balance. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press, and rub the areas between each of the joints, known as the Eight Gates, to attempt to open the body's defensive (wei) chi and direct the energy towards the meridians and the muscles.
Techniques may be gentle or firm. Tuina relieves pain, eases tension, improves circulation, reduces stress, improves the condition of the skin, relaxes injured, tired, overused-muscles, reduces anxiety, increases joint flexability, improves range of motion, and decreases post surgery swelling and adhesion.