Written by Nick Taylor – http://www.devontuina.com
Founded in China, Tui Na has a long history of development, and archaeological evidence suggests that massage was carried out over 3,000 years ago. Tui Na – pronounced Twee Nah, is a mainstay method of treatment and rehabilitation in modern China, and a key part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is a system of massage techniques and manipulations that help the body’s musculoskeletal system to heal and recover. Traditional Chinese Medicine is founded on the concepts of treating the body as an integrated whole, Yin and Yang theory, five element theory and the meridians, or channels through which energy flows.
Tui Na manipulations stimulate acupoints and other parts of the body to restore balance and heal the body. Tui Na can also be used as a method of preventative healthcare, Chinese forefathers kept their Qi energy and blood flowing freely, strengthening their tendons and bones, eliminating fatigue and helping to promote longevity.
In a similar way that there are five main family named styles of Tai Chi and numerous forms of Qigong, there are many schools of Tui Na that have evolved in China, each with it’s own style, strengths and therapeutic effects. From the many differing approaches that developed throughout China, five main schools became famous, all of which have influenced modern Tui Na, and are the one-finger meditation school – Yi zhi chan tui fa; the rolling school – Gun fa; the point pressure school – An fa; the striking school; and the Internal exercise school -Neigong.
Tui Na has the ability to: –
- Promote and invigorate the flow of blood and Qi
- Expel, clear and dissipate pathogenic factors
- Regulate Qi and blood
- Harmonize Yin and Yang
- Nourish, tonify, strengthen and support Qi and blood, Yin and Yang
- Release and relax the channel sinews
- Lubricate and facilitate the movement of joints
- Soothe Qi and calm the spirit
With it’s long history and development, in modern times Tui Na can help with the following conditions and problems: –
- Sports injury
- Knee, hip and Achilles pain
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Painful, tight muscles
- Tendonitis, bursitis, R.S.I.
- Migraine, stress and headache
- Frozen shoulder, Golfer’s/Tennis elbow
- Arthritic pain
- Work related injuries
- Preventative healthcare, protecting the body and enhancing longevity
- Lower limb, foot and ankle pain issues
- Sciatica and sacroiliac joint problems
Author: Sifu Nick Taylor, Tai chi master, Reiki master and TuiNa massage therapist.