What is it?

Chinese Massage, also known as Tuina, is a type of Chinese therapeutic massage and is an important component in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In China, it shares the same eminence as acupuncture, herbal medicine and other Chinese medical treatments. Tuina evolved to treat paediatric problems before occidental medicine was introduced in China so as younger children had an alternative to overcoming the difficulties of drinking Chinese herbs or accepting acupuncture needles. It was also designed to treat conditions that, in western medicine, usually require a physiotherapist, chiropractor and an osteopath. Unlike Western manual therapists who usually specialize in a single technique such as chiropractic doctor, osteopath, deep tissue manual massage therapist etc., Tuina uses a complex manipulation system that is inclusive of all distinctive Tuina massage techniques, osteopathic joint movements, chiropractic correction and deep tissue strokes. For this reason, Tuina is considered to be a more therapeutic extension of western massage.

How does it work?

Tuina works on the muscles, bones, and joints, as well as working with the deeper energy of the body through the manipulation of the flow of qi via acupressure points and energy pathways throughout the body. Tuina was one of the earliest methods of treating illness used in ancient China, designed to prevent problems by keeping the body’s energy in balance and health maintained. It has since undergone several thousand year of practice and development, resulting in a discipline that is unique and comprehensive, and which aligns its theory perfectly with its practice. Tuina works on acupuncture points, focusing on nerve activity in the same way as acupuncture to enhance blood circulation and to correct abnormal anatomical changes as wall as relax muscles.

During a typical Tuina massage session, the patient wears loose clothing and no footwear. Through the application of massage and stretching techniques, Tuina uses the Traditional Chinese Medicine theories of the flow of qi to establish a balance of harmonious flow of qi and blood through the body. This allows the natural healing process to strengthen and develop through the promotion of blood circulation.


Soft tissue, such as muscles and tendons, are massaged according to acupressure techniques to manipulate and realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships. Tui Na as has also been used to treat sports injuries, tendonitis, muscular problems, stress-related problems, internal medical problems such as post-stroke paralysis, asthma, arthritis, hypertension, etc, and infant health problems.


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