Questions related to Chinese Massage


Why is Chinese massage/Tuina different from other types?


Chinese Massage, also known as Tuina or acupressure, is a type of Chinese therapeutic massage and is an important component in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In China, it shares the same eminence as acupuncture, herbal medicine and other Chinese medical treatments. Tuina evolved to treat pediatric problems before Western medicine was introduced in China so younger children had an alternative to overcoming the difficulties of drinking Chinese herbs or being treated with acupuncture needles. It was also designed to treat conditions that, in western medicine, usually require a physiotherapist, chiropractor or an osteopath. Unlike Western manual therapists who usually specialize in a single technique such as chiropractic doctor, osteopath or a deep tissue manual massage therapist, Tuina uses a complex manipulation system that is inclusive of all osteopathic joint movements, chiropractic correction and deep tissue strokes as well as distinctive Tuina techniques. Tuina therapists require extensive training in their field which covers a wide range of specialties outside of massage including exercise, diet and lifestyle management.

 

Which conditions can be helped by Tuina/Acupressure techniques?


Tuina is very commonly used in combination with acupuncture to assist that method of treatment. Muscles, tendons and other soft tissue components are massaged according to acupressure techniques to manipulate and realign the musculoskeletal and ligament connections. Chinese massage has also been used to treat sporting injuries, tendonitis, muscular problems, stress-related problems, internal medical problems such as post-stroke paralysis, asthma, arthritis, hypertension, children’s health problems, the induction of birth, menstrual pain and other gynaecological problems, headaches, allergies and hay fever.

 

How does it work?


Chinese massage works on the muscles, bones, and joints, as well as working with the deeper energy of the body through the manipulation of the flow of qi via acupressure points and energy pathways throughout the body.  Tuina was one of the earliest methods of treating illness used in ancient China, designed to prevent problems by keeping the body’s energy in balance and health maintained. It has since undergone thousands of years of practice and development, resulting in a discipline that is unique and comprehensive, and which aligns its theory with practice. Tuina works on acupuncture points, focusing on nerve activity in the same way as acupuncture to enhance blood circulation and to correct abnormal anatomical changes as well as to relax muscles.