The term tui na/ tuina (pronounced “twee naw”), which literally means “pinch and pull,” is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy first documented 2500 years ago. It is generally not used for pleasure and relaxation, but rather as a treatment to address specific patterns of disharmony.
Tui Na techniques involve using the hands, knuckles, palms, thumbs and fingers, elbows and forearms to apply pressure by pushing and holding, rolling, kneading, tapping, twisting movements to acupoints, meridians and groups of muscles or nerves to help remove blockages that prevent the free flow of qi restoring balance leading to improved health and vitality. For example, manipulating four acupuncture points on the stomach meridian on the leg stimulates and calms digestion but correcting the flow of energy in that channel (meridian).
Tui Na may benefit multiple disorders including insomnia, constipation, headaches, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, premenstrual syndrome, carpal tunnel, stiff neck, sore back, sciatica, and emotional problems. It can also help disorders related to the digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems. Tui Na can be used to address both internal diseases and external injuries.