What is Tui Na?
Tui Na (pronounced "twee-na") is Traditional Chinese Medical massage. It is based on theories of TCM with the intent of opening blockages in energy channels called meridians. Tui Na uses soft tissue manipulation to open these blockages. It is performed with the client fully clothed, no oils are used.
Along with working to balance Yin and Yang energies, Tui Na recognizes the importance of a healthy spine. Opening blockages along the spine is crucial to allowing the body to heal itself. The mind and body will be better able to communicate and therefore function properly. For this reason, Tui Na treatments focus on the health of the spine.
Tui Na gets its name from two of the sixteen hand techniques used in treatment. Tui Na literally translates to push/pull or brush/grab. Some of the other techniques used include pressing, rubbing, kneading, rolling, flushing, rotating and stretching. It is an active style of massage that incorporates a gentle rocking motion and includes some stretching along with the rotating and movement of joints.
Why Tui Na?
Tui Na offers many therapeutic benefits and can be used to treat numerous conditions. It improves overall energy flow and while relieving tension, leaves the client feeling relaxed and energized. Tui Na massage aids in the rehabilitation of soft tissue, improves blood circulation and can improve range of motion.
Through the working of soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia, Tui Na breaks up stagnation to treat aches, pains, muscle spasms, stiff necks, sore backs, arms and legs, and even sciatica.
Using various stretches and range of motion techniques Tui Na can improve flexibility and mobility as well as address conditions such as arthritis, joint pain and repetitive stress injuries including carpel tunnel syndrome.
Tui Na is effective at treating stress related disorders such as headaches, insomnia, anxiety, constipation and other digestive disorders such as IBS. It can also be used to improve respiratory function for those with asthma or those recovering from cold or flu.
What to Wear
Since Tui Na is an active style of massage and is practiced with the client fully clothed, it is best to wear comfortable, non binding clothes for your treatment. Clothes that you would wear to a yoga class would be ideal. Shirts without collars work best and since denim is a thick fabric with heavy seams, it is preferred that you do not wear jeans. Skirts and dresses are also discouraged.
What to Expect From a Tui Na Treatment
Prior to the first Tui Na session, Dave will take a detailed health history and discusses that along with a description any issues or symptoms the client is experiencing. This conversation would include any current physical limitations or concerns.
During the session the client lies on the massage table fully clothed and covered with a towel or blanket. Tui Na is a very active style massage that incorporates a gentle rocking motion throughout the session. Along with numerous hand techniques to work on muscles and other soft tissues there are several stretches and movements that rotate and exercise joints.
Immediately following the treatment it is common to feel a little light headed or floaty. After any massage therapy it is important to drink extra water to stay hydrated. Bodywork and massage release toxics, congestion and even stored emotions. Staying hydrated helps your body to flush these from your system and prevent them from settling somewhere else.
The day after a massage, it is not uncommon to feel some minor, localized soreness or tenderness. This should not last more than a day or two at the most. Drinking plenty of water, stretching and/or a hot shower after bodywork can help alleviate this.
Dave is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment.
30 minutes / $40.00
60 minutes / $75.00
90 minutes / $110.00