Tui Na

Tui Na is a Chinese form of massage and manipulative therapy. Diagnosis is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine principals and the acupuncture meridians are employed.
However rather than the insertion of needles other techniques are employed such as massage, acupressure and manipulation.

The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press and rub the areas between each of the joints (known as the eight gates) to open the body's defensive (wei) chi and get the energy moving in the meridians as well as the muscles. The practitioner can then use range of motion, traction, massage, with the stimulation of acupressure points; this is claimed to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions. Tui na is an integral part of TCM and is taught in TCM schools as part of formal training in Oriental medicine.

In ancient China, medical therapy was often classified as either "external" or "internal" treatment. Tui na was one of the external methods, thought to be especially suitable for use on the elderly population and on infants. Today it is subdivided into specialized treatment for infants, adults, orthopedics, traumatology, cosmetology, rehabilitation, sports medicine, etc.

After extensive training in Tui Na I qualified in 2010 with a diploma at distinction level. This was just in time for the birth of my baby daughter and my partner was very grateful of my new techniques during labour!