Tuina or tui-na (pronounced as twee-nah) massage is believed to be the oldest system of bodywork. It is based on the theory of meridians and collaterals and is a special form of massage that utilises techniques specific to Chinese medicine. The imbalances of qi, which is the body’s vital life force or energy, can cause blockages or imbalances that lead to symptoms such as pain or illness.
Tuina massage stimulates the flow of qi to promote balance and harmonization within the body. During a session, the physicians use oscillating and pressure techniques that differ in force and speed. It can be performed as a stronger deep tissue massage or a gentler energetic treatment. Based on the TCM theory, some of the techniques are more yin, which is more gentle and meditative while the yang approach is more active, dynamic, stimulating deep blockages and knots.
What does it treat?
IT can be used to treat specific health concerns or areas in the body. Besides, it also can be used to treat pain and illness or to maintain good health. The technique is effective in reducing stress, encouraging relaxation and deepening sleep. On the other side, it is often used for conditions and injuries related to musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Some of the benefits of tuina are: -
- Increases blood circulation
- Relieves pain
- Promotes healthy lactation
- Improve quality of life in cancer patients
Is it suitable for infants and children?
Tuina is often done as a stand-alone treatment for infants and children. It is especially effective at treating digestive disorders such as constipation and colic as well as respiratory disorders such as asthma or coughing. Often, physicians will teach the parents certain simple massage technique to perform on their child at home daily.
Systematic Restructure Manipulation (SRM)
Systematic Restructure Manipulation is a type of hands-on body manipulation based on TCM theory and proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, which could enhance self-recovery. Manipulation is used to restore mobility and improve blood circulation to joints restricted by tissue injuries that are caused by traumatic events, such as falling, repetitive stress, sitting with an improper posture or other contributing factors.
What to expect during Tuina/ SRM?
It can be performed either in sitting or lying position. It can be done over loose-fitting clothing or on bare skin, and therapeutic oils are sometimes used.
What are the side effects of manipulation?
Tuina is generally safe and well tolerated. However, if you feel discomfort during or after a session, do inform the physician. Slight bruising is possible at times.
Are there reasons I should not get manipulation?
It is not recommended or people who have fractures or prone to fractures, vein inflammation or any type of open wound.