Tui Na Massage
Tui Na Massage is a form of bodywork which applies the same principles of Chinese Medicine used in Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Chinese Nutrition and Qi Gong therapy. It is traditionally a medical form of massage designed to promote health, targeting specific health problems. It can be focused to solve a particular problem, or more general in order to promote well-being, relaxation and help de-stress.
There are a number of differences between Tui Na massage and other forms of massage. Firstly, a Tui Na massage always begins with a Chinese medical diagnosis of the patient to build a picture of areas of discomfort and patterns of functional imbalance. A routine is then tailored directly to the patient's individual needs and the current state of their health at that point in time. Secondly, Tui Na massage uses pressure points to influence the patient's health at both superficial and deep levels in the body. Finally, Tui Na massage uses certain techniques not commonly found in other forms of massage such as rolling method (rou fa). Additional techniques may be used such as cupping, gua sha and moxibustion.