The term tuina (pronounced “twee naw”), literally means “pinch and pull,” and refers to a wide range of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapeutic massage and body work.
Tuina is not generally used for pleasure and relaxation, but rather as a treatment to address specific patterns of disharmony. As such, practitioners use it for many of the same reasons and according to the same principles as acupuncture. Like acupuncture, TCM uses tuina to balance yin and yang in the body by manipulating the Qi in the acupuncture channels. Because it is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine and because it employs the same principles, Tuina can also be used as a complement to acupuncture treatment. Using both treatment modalities can be an effective approach to working with energy and addressing and restoring its flow.
Tuina massage can relieve multiple disorders including insomnia, constipation, headaches, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, premenstrual syndrome, and emotional problems. It can also treat disorders related to digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems. Many people seek the treatment for stiff neck, distension of shoulders, sciatica, and sore back. Tuina can be used to address both internal diseases and external injuries.
Practitioners will frequently encourage and instruct patients to do self massage and certain exercises at home. This solidifies and expands the benefits created during treatment sessions.
Self massage and stretching are considered important aspects of self healthcare.