Tui Na is a form of massage and body work built upon the fundamentals of Chinese medicine. Historically it was taught to students of Chinese medicine prior to studying acupuncture. Tui means “to push” and Na means “to grasp”, describing two of the many techniques used in this massage system.
The main difference that people notice between this and other forms of massage is that the patient stays fully dressed and a sheet is laid over the body to act as the medium through which treatment takes place. This allows for techniques unique to this style that would otherwise be uncomfortable directly on the skin, as well as creating a natural warming sensation for the muscles to aid in their relaxation. Treatment may also sometimes involve the use of medicated balms, passive joint movement, traction or gentle joint mobilisation techniques when appropriate.
As a form of medical massage, Tui Na uses acupressure points on the body to also treat a range of internal problems, as well as musculoskeletal issues, and can be used to treat digestive, respiratory, emotional and gynaecological conditions.