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Tuina (pronounced tway na) - Chinese Therapeutic Massage

    Tui Na (pronounced 'tway-nah') massage is a recognized form of therapy for a wide range of health problems which uses wave like motions and rhythms to loosen joints, nourish the muscles and encourage the flow of qi. Tui (push) and na (grasp) are characterized by skillful strokes of the gliding or rolling hand and arm movements. Gentle shaking, joint rotations and stretching compliment this vigorous style. Also known as meridian massage it opens stagnant acupressure channels and encourages the flow of qi to any deficient areas. It improves mobility, fluidity and works from a place of bringing balance and optimal functioning to the body, mind and spirit.

    The basic Tui Na stroke and definitions are:

    Name

    Meaning

    Name

    Meaning

    Name

    Meaning

    Tui

    Brush

    Sao

    Scratch

    Tsa

    Slice

    Na

    Grasp

    Da

    Hit

    Pok

    Slap

    An

    Rolling press

    Tien

    Delineate

    Niem

    Pinch

    Mo

    Circular rubs

    Mot

    Dust

    Yao

    Circle

    Tao

    Range of Motion

    Chien

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    The practitioner can use a wide variety of techniques (soft or hard, superficial or deep, general or more precise, slow or fast, etc.) with any of these strokes to balance the Qi energy, the vital substances, and the internal organs of the client.

    Like all forms of massage, many of the effects of Tui Na are brought about simply by its function of simulating the flow of Qi, blood, and body fluids. Many of our health problems are caused by blockages in these vital substances, leading to pain, swelling, a build-up of toxins, and other symptoms. Getting things moving again re-establishes the proper functioning of the body and the recovery of damaged tissues. Tui Na works holistically, treating the mind through the body and vice versa. It leaves people with a deep sense of physical and mental relaxation, revitalisation and well-being. An important effect of Tui Na is to bring a person’s awareness back to their own body and what’s going on in it an essential first step in any healing process.

Practitioners: John Flavin

IHA, 4153-4161 El Camino Way, Palo Alto, CA 94306  (650) 493-7030
iha@integratedhealing.org
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