Traditional Chinese massage is known as Tuina (pronounced “twee-nah) in Chinese. In this type of therapy, the massage therapist employs certain manual techniques to stimulate the acupuncture points and meridian channels. It is an alternative to acupuncture, which is done with needles. Tuina is especially recommended for sensitive patients, for those who cannot tolerate needles, as well as for children.
Tuina activates the skin, connective tissue, muscles and joints, thereby affecting the internal organs as well. The massage therapist also moves the affected or dysfunctional joints with the Tuina method. This may loosen adhesions of the tendons or tendon plates, increase the muscles’ stretching ability and remove joint blockages. Furthermore, Tuina can provide relief for complaints such as tension, pain and faulty posture.