Tuina (Traditional Chinese Medical Massage)

What is Tuina?

Tuina (pronounced 'twee-nah') is a form of Chinese therapeutic massage. 'Tui' meaning to push and 'Na' to grasp.

TuiNa massage by Mariana Arando

Tuina is a very important component of Chinese medicine alongside acupuncture and herbal prescription. However, Tuina can be a complete healing system in itself as not only does it work on muscle groups, joints, sites of pain and poor circulation, but it works the same meridians and points used in acupuncture and employs the same basic theory as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): "Injury or disease causes blockages in the channels of the body. Blockages cause pain."

In China, Tuina practitioners treat conditions that, in the West, would be treated by osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists or with drugs. Today it has become very advanced in its treatment for many diseases, used in many hospitals in China, it has become the frontline of healthcare, whereas in the West many problems tend to get treated only at a chronic stage. Therefore Tuina can and should also be used as a preventative form of treatment to maintain health and prevent accumulation of stress, disease and injury.

Tuina has thus become the most tried and tested effective massage therapy in the world!

What can Tuina treat?

Mariana performing a treatment in a chinese hospital

Tuina massage offers a wide range of benefits, both physiological as well as psychological, increasing well-being and the feeling of euphoria. Tuina speeds up the bodies ability to heal it self. Tuina massage can be used for a variety of purposes, from general massage to sports injuries. It can be used to treat a variety of ailments:

  • Neck pain and Frozen Shoulder
  • Headache, Migraine
  • Low energy, Poor circulation
  • Back pain, Sciatica
  • Digestive Disorders and Stress
  • Rheumatism, Arthritis
  • Joint pain or Moving pain
  • Ankle or Wrist pain
  • Sports injuries
  • And much more....

What can I expect from Tuina?

Tuina is performed over your clothed body. Patients sit on a chair or lie on a couch. Tuina is a medical treatment and as with all TCM modalities, a case history and diagnosis will be done prior to treatment. Some techniques performed may be familiar to you. The massage is usually done using gentle to quite firm pressure using palms, thumbs, fingers, and elbows, added to this are various stretches. It can be more vigorous than other forms of massage. As with other body therapies you may leave a little sore, light-headed or supercharged after your treatment, but mostly patients always feel better after Tuina. Ointments, herbal compresses and cupping maybe applied as an additional benefit to your personalised treatment.

Mariana is a skilled Tuina practitioner and holds a Certificate in Tuina from the Zhe Jiang Hospital of TCM in China and Tuina Certificate 'Student to Master'. She currently works under the guidance of Tutor Errol Lynch of 'Touch Tuina' and is affiliated with Tuina UK. Mariana continues to update her knowledge and further improve her skills with practical case studies in Chinese hospitals in Hangzhou China.