Chinese massage, otherwise known as tui na, is a therapy that dates back two thousand years. This form of massage is part of the greater system of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).
The words ‘tui na’ translate to ‘push grasp’ which describes this style of massage with its assorted techniques including kneading, tapping, rubbing and pressing.
The pressure used is suited to the individual patient and can be light on the skin or firm for deep tissue techniques. Pressure is applied to acupuncture points to stimulate them for specific conditions.
Tui Na is used to bring the eight principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine in to balance.
The areas between the joints, known as the eight gates, are pressed, massaged, squeezed or otherwise manipulated to open the body’s defensive Chi (Qi) and get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles.