Tuina is a hands on form of a manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with acupuncture and herbal formulas.
One of Tuina’s many advantages over simple massage is its ability to focus on specific problems, especially chronic pain associated with the muscles, joints, and skeletal system. It’s especially effective for joint pain (such as arthritis), sciatica, muscle spasms, back, neck, and shoulder pain. It also helps chronic conditions such as insomnia, constipation, headaches (including migraines), and the tension associated with stress.
Tuina does not simply work on the muscles, bones, and joints. It works with the energy of the body at a deeper level. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques, the practitioner seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of energy through the system of channels andcollaterals, allowing the body to naturally heal itself.
As with other styles of Asian bodywork, Tuina is designed to prevent problems, not just correct them. By keeping the body’s energy in balance, health is maintained. This is true not just for physical health, but also for mental and emotional well being as well.