Tuina (pronounced tooee nah) is Chinese medicinal massage or Chinese remedial massage.
As part of the wider health care system that is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), this style of remedial massage can treat not only your neck and back pain, sports injuries, joint pain and muscle tension but also digestive issues, period/reproductive problems, fatigue, respiratory conditions, skin problems, mental health, stress, insomnia and much more…
A wide variety of manual techniques are utilised during tuina treatments including rolling, pushing, pressing, grasping, rubbing, stretching, kneading, shaking, wiping, revolving, vibrating and knocking, many of which aid in manipulating and lubricating the joints. Each technique is chosen according to its specific effects on the nervous system and local tissues.
In addition to where you feel your main complaint is based, distal areas of the body are treated. This may be a combination of specific acupoints or work along sections of a channel/meridian; to better facilitate free-flow of Qi and Blood. This works a lot like turning on a hose to flush it out, rather than trying to simply smash up a blockage in the place you think it’s most likely to be!
Tuina treatments can be performed through clothing or towels or directly on the skin (with oil and/or liniments) according to your personal preference.