what is tui na massage
An ancient therapy for a modern world

In China, Tui Na therapeutic massage is an integral part of Chinese Medicine, just as acupuncture and herbal medicine, and follows the same principles. Although it is relatively new to the West, the first book describing the principles and the techniques dates back to over 2000 years ago, making it the forefather of all forms of massage and bodywork practiced today, from shiatsu to osteopathy.

Your practitioner will first assess you general state of health, take your pulse and observe your tongue, as for acupuncture.
Tui Na, meaning push and grasp, is also called Anmo, meaning press and rub. If you are familiar with other types of massage, you will certainly recognise some of the strokes and manipulations. Depending on the patient’s particular system, different strokes are combined to balance the energy in the meridians and help the body heal itself.

Tui Na can be carried out in the sitting position, lying face down or face up. It is usually performed through the patient’s clothing, although ointments may sometimes be applied. Depending on the condition treated and the effect desired, it can be as vigorous or gentle as needed, which makes it particularly suitable for infants and children.

Tui Na is renowned for its effectiveness in treating musculo-skeletal conditions, on its own or combined with acupuncture. However, as part of Chinese Medicine, it is also effective for internal problems, such as headaches, anxiety, panic attack, digestive disorders, stress-related conditions amongst others. It is also an effective way to maintain health, prevent injury or reduce stress.

Anne-Sophie Morel: 07779111248 – annesophiemorel@yahoo.co.uk

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