What is tuina?
Tuina (pronouned ‘twee-nah’) literally describes two fa or techniques - tui (push) and na (grasp).
This ancient Chinese medical massage system uses the hands to stimulate acupuncture points on the surface of the body to increase circulation or the flow of ‘qi’ and improve the body’s own healing process.
There are dozens of techniques used in Chinese massage. Unique to tuina are gun (rolling) and yizhichan (one-finger meditation). The techniques can broadly be divided into two forms, yin which is more gentle, meditative and uses breathing and focussing on a specific acupuncture point, channel, organ or area and yang which is dynamic, using physical techniques to get a deeper sensation of de qi and remove blockages or knots in the channels. In China tuina is often used on patients with musculo-skeletal conditions and can be quite strong, but there are also gentle techniques used in paediatric wards and these are adapted to patients in the west to bring the body back into balance.
Tuina massage is administered through loose clothing with the patient either seated or lying on a couch.
What is tuina useful for?
Patients come for tuina with the following conditions:
- musculo-skeletal problems - sciatica, frozen shoulder, neck, shoulder & back pain
- sports injuries - tennis elbow, muscle and ligament problems
- stress & emotions - anxiety, insomnia, depression
- hormonal issues – thyroid, menopause, PMT
- symptoms relating to cancer treatment, Parkinson's
- health preservation - general MOT, just a little wake up or something to lift the spirits
What is your next step to booking an appointment?
Breathe London Waterloo timetable – Laura is at the centre on Tuesdays and Fridays and Brenda is at the centre by appointment
Breathe London Covent Garden timetable – Laura and Dave are at the centre on Mondays and Wednesdays
Find out more and book an appointment with our Tui Na therapists: