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Originating from traditional Chinese medicine, the Tui Na massage focuses on the meridians and acupuncture points of the body. Little known in the West, this technique takes its name from the verbs "Tui", meaning "push" and "Na", meaning "to seize", the two main motions of this therapeutic and energetic care. In China, it is performed preventively in clinics, hospitals, spas and health centers to relieve various ailments.
The therapist performs Tui Na massage all over the body or on a part of it with the help of a multitude of tonic and supported mobilizations. He performs this care with his hands, fingers, palms and forearms using rhythmic and dynamic pressures on the acupuncture points of the body, as well as on the reflex zones. His goal is to disperse the energetic blockages he encounters, in order to stimulate the circulation of energy in the body.
It is a therapeutic care because of the pressures made to relieve musculo-articular pains, but at the same time one of relaxation because of the sensation of well-being felt by the receiver.
Even though Tui Na movements are very energetic, their consistency and vibrating effect on the whole body provides a feeling of deep calmness. The person receiving the care is then able to relax and reduce her anxiety level.
Tui Na massage improves blood and lymphatic circulation in the body. This has the effect of relieving the sensation of heavy legs, digestive problems, respiratory problems and headaches. During such care, the entire immune system is activated.
The therapist’s maneuvers will also target the entire musculoskeletal system, along with related muscle and joint pain, such as back, knee and ankle pain.
Since it combines the same benefits as for acupuncture, but without the presence of needles, Tui Na massage is also recommended for children.
A Tui Na session can last from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on whether it is performed on the whole body or only on a part of it. This massage can be combined with another technique from traditional Chinese medicine, particularly acupuncture.
The massage takes place on a massage table or on a mattress on the floor. It is done over clothing, so it is important to wear loose and comfortable clothes.
The therapist uses a variety of maneuvers, ranging from pressure on specific points (acupressure) to friction and rhythmic oscillations. These movements are mainly performed using the hands, fingers, palms and forearms. Stretches and mobilizations complete the treatment. The therapist adapts the pressure and range of motion to each person.
As with any type of massage, Tui Na is contraindicated in the presence of major skin problems, recent wounds or scars, fever and phlebitis. This technique is also avoided in case of circulatory or cardiac disorders and diabetes.
The therapist should be careful with people with joint inflammation or bone-weakening disease, and with pregnant women. In case of cancer with a malignant tumor, it is better to ask for a doctor’s advice. It is not recommended to receive a Tui Na massage after an important physical exertion or during a period of severe fatigue.Find a therapist