Tuina: What Is It and How Does It Work?

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Tuina: What Is It and How Does It Work?

You may have heard of Tuina, a kind of Chinese massage therapy that involved both elements of acupressure and Shiatsu. What is Tuina and how does it work? Similar to Shiatsu, Tuina uses rhythmic compressions along energy channels in the body and lubricates the joints. Like acupressure, Tuina directs the flow of energy in the body through certain points. Here is some more information about Tuina and its myriad of health benefits.

The History of Tuina

Tuina is one of the oldest forms of Chinese that dates all the way back to 1700 BC. Like many forms of traditional Chinese medicine, practicing Tuina was eliminated by the Chinese government in 1929. After 1949, this policy was reversed and Tuina became a popular practice again. Modern healthcare practitioners and massage therapists have updated Tuina from its traditional roots, introducing elements of western massage and chiropractics but with a focus on restoring and balancing energy.

The Benefits of Tuina

Tuina, as opposed to simple massage, can focus its attention on specific problems as well as general health and well-being. Tuina is an effective healthcare practice for those who suffer from chronic muscle pain and joint pain such as arthritis. It can also be used to alleviate the symptoms of chronic conditions such as constipation, insomnia, headaches and migraines.

By focusing on the redistribution of energy in the body, Tuina helps to restore your emotional well-being as well. This massage practice, which encourages blood circulation throughout the body, allow patients to feel calm and centred. Beyond its physical benefits, many patients use Tuina as a way to diminish stress and anxiety.

Tuina is one of the oldest and most highly-regarded forms of traditional Chinese medicine. Tuina, a holistic approach to health care, can have great physical and emotional benefits when combined with other health care practices. For more information about Tuina and other forms of alternative health care practices and to book your appointment with one of our registered massage therapists today, contact us at RelaxZone.

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