Tui Na is a form of Chinese hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese taoist and martial arts principles to bring the body to balance. The principles are based on eight principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine which the practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press and rub the areas between each of the joint (known as eight gates) to open the body’s defensive “chi” to get the energy moving in the meridians and muscles.
The advantages of Tui Na can be divided into two sub-category, mainly external or internal.
The external focus on specific problems on chronic pain associated with muscles, joints, and skeletal system. It is especially effective for joint pain (such as arthritis), sciatica, musclse spasms and also back, beck or shoulder pain. Aparts of this, it can also help in treating conditions such as insomnia, constpation, headaches (migraines) and tension due to stress.
While the internal advantages of Tui Na is to work around the energy of the bodycalled Qi, using the acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of it. The practitioners develop a special awareness of the Qi, working directly on the patient’s body to release tension in the body and better balance of Qi.