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Tui-Na (Acupressure &/or Deep Manipulation Massage)

Tui Na, or tuina, is a therapeutic form of Chinese manipulative therapy or massage and has been used in China for more than 5,000 years. Defined as “the ancient healing art of fingers and strength,” tui na (pronounced “twee nah”) has been gaining international attention for its safe and effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions. ‘‘Tui-Na’’, derived from the Chinese words 'Tui' meaning to push and 'Na' meaning to grasp, two techniques fundamental to traditional Chinese medical massage and medicine. It is a deep, vigorous form of body work and is a often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, fire cupping, Chinese herbalism, Tai Chi, and Qigong.

Tui-Na is not generally used for pleasure and relaxation, but rather as a treatment to address specific patterns of disharmony. Tui na massage therapy is used for giving special treatments to people of all ages, from infancy to old age. It involves a healing massage which can range from 10-60minutes in which illness is treated by manipulating areas of the body to correct imbalance, relieve pain and to encourage a healthy flow of Qi. Practitioners use their finger, hand, elbow, knee or foot to apply pressure to a specific body location. By applying pressure to meridians, acupoints, and groups of muscles and nerves, Tui-Na  removes blockages and works deeply with the positive energy of the body. Clients remain clothed, wearing loose clothing.

This complementary and alternative Chinese medicine modality makes use of rhythmic compression techniques along different energy channels of the body to establish harmonious flow of qi throughout the body and bringing it back to balance. Tui na methods can include soft tissue massage, manipulation, acupressure in conjunction with herbal compresses, ointments, liniments, and heat. The best part of the therapy is that it relaxes as well as energizes the person. The main benefit of tui na massage is that it focuses on the specific problem, whether it is an acute or a chronic pain associated with the joints, muscles or a skeletal system. This technique is very beneficial in reducing the pain of neck, shoulders, hips, back, arms, highs, legs and ankle disorders. It is a very effective therapy for arthritis, pain, sciatica and muscle spasms. Other benefits of this massage therapy include alleviation of the stress related disorders like insomnia, constipation, headaches and other disorders
related to digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems.

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