Tui Na (pronounced twee naw) Massage is based in the manipulation of meridians and acupressure points during the session. While this may feel like a normal massage, it is tailored to the patient’s chief complaint by using specifics acupressure points and movements to resolve any issues they are experiencing. It is based in TCM and is used in conjunction with acupuncture, cupping and herbal remedies.

Tui Na massage is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S.

At Resilient Acupuncture we use Tui Na Massage to tap into energy points, using stretches, pressure points, and fluid movements to balance the body’s vital energy (qi).

The name of this massage therapy modality comes from the two words describing actions in the treatment: tui means “to push” and na means “to grab or squeeze.” Tui Na has been called a combination of Shiatsu—a Japanese bodywork practice—and acupressure massage.

Here are a few more things you should know:

Tui Na massages can be similar to Western massage modalities

Tui Na massage sessions usually last been thirty minutes and one hour, and normally take place on a massage table. Tui Na is intended to be both relaxing and invigorating. Some techniques and strokes used in Tui Na are much like those used in a relaxing Swedish massage, such as gliding, kneading, rocking, pulling, friction, and rolling.

Tui Na massage differs from Western massage in other ways

Because it is based on Chinese medicine, Tui Na is also quite different from Western massage therapy. Unlike Western massage techniques, Tui Na goes beyond the muscles, bones, and joints to work with the body on a deeper, energetic level. Our Tui Na practitioner intends to sense the energy of the patient with their hands, and affect the flow and distribution of that energy during the session. Tui Na massage is often used in concert with other TCM therapies as discussed above. Patients should expect to be relaxed and have diminished pain after the treatment. Drinking plenty of water is recommended after the treatment as we are treating not only on a physical level but also an energetic level.

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Contact Kelly Hoeffner L.Ac. M.S.TCM for scheduling and other questions.