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 paediatric problems before western medicine was introduced in China so that the younger children had an alternative to 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 specialise in a single technique, Tuina uses a complex manipulation system that is inclusive of all osteopathic joint movements, chiropractic correction and deep tissue strokes as well as a distinctive Tuina technique.
Tuina therapists require extensive training in their field that covers a wide range of specialities outside of massage including exercise and management of diet and lifestyle.