Tuina (pronounced tween-ah) is a combination of special Chinese massage and skeletal manipulation and is somewhat similar to western chiropractics.
As with all TCM modalities, the goal is to open up the blockages and remove the stasis of qi or blood. Tuina works specifically with the muscle channels, as well as correcting skeletal alignments.
This treatment is wonderfully relaxing and particularly good for discomfort caused by misalignment of the spine or joints, and/or muscle tension.
During a tuina treatment the therapist applies pressure to the areas where the Qi is insufficient, or its flow is distorted or stagnated. When the right amount of holding pressure is applied, the flow returns to normal, and the excess or blocked energy is dispersed. Deep relaxation and balance can be experienced, stimulating the body's own natural healing process.
This natural therapy can help to relieve tension and harmonize bodily functions.
The number and frequency of treatments depend on the individual's condition. Conditions less than a week old may require one or two treatments, whereas a chronic condition usually requires five to ten treatments. Immediate positive effects from the treatments are generally noticeable. However, a condition that have developed over months or years needs time, repeated treatments, and self care to reverse. Depending on the clients' body condition and response to treatments, it is recommended that treatments are performed once or twice weekly. It is important to remember that healing takes time.