WHAT IS TUI-NA?
Tui Na (“tway na”) is a form of massage developed through several thousand years to become a highly effective non-invasive treatment.
Though relatively unknown in the west, in China it is regarded as one of the main branches of Chinese Medicine alongside Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Qi Gong therapy. Tui Na massage is performed through clothing, using various lifting, stretching, stroking, pushing and grasping massage techniques. These are accompanied by acupressure and joint manipulation resulting in a relaxing and powerfully energising massage.
Treatment with Tui Na Massage is available, either on its own, or in combination with Acupuncture.
Whilst Tui Na is renowned for its effectiveness in the treatment of musculo-skeletal conditions, it is also effective for internal problems such as headaches and migraine, anxiety and panic attacks, digestive dysfunction, circulatory problems, hormonal imbalance, stress and related conditions amongst others. Tui Na is also an effective way to maintain health, reduce the chance of injury, enhance flexibility and manage stress.
Q. What is Tui Na?
A. Tui Na uses the wisdom and philosophy of Chinese Medicine to reduce stress, promote health, and maintain well-being. The benefits are similar to those of Acupuncture, but without the use of needles.
Q. What is difference between Tui Na and other kinds of massage therapies?
A. As one of traditional Chinese medical treatments, Tui Na (Chinese bodywork) differs in several significant ways from Western-style massage therapies. The most obvious difference is that Tui Na was basically created thousands years ago to treat paediatric problems, orthopaedic and other medical conditions, while western style massage therapies focuses on muscular and soft tissue injuries as well as on general relaxation. Tui Na had played a major role in treating paediatric problems before occidental medicine was introduced into China in order for young children to overcome difficulty of taking Chinese herbs or accepting acupuncture needles.
Q.Who can benefit from Tui Na?
A.Tui Na is suitable for people of all ages, including children. It is not just for those who have specific complaints. It is an excellent means of keeping yourself in an optimal health condition - physically and mentally - and strengthening your resistance to illness.
Q. How often can I recieve Tui Na treatment?
A. Once a week for treatment, as normally it takes around 2/3 days between sessions for the body to re-gain a natural balance.
Q. What side effects are there?
A. After treatment if the sessions are quite strenuous there could be natural feelings of tiredness the following days to compensate for the administered treatments.
Q. Can Tui Na Massage be detrimental?
A. Every person can react in a different way to treatment, Tui Na will not detriment you in any way it will only trigger reactions that should be noticable improvements.
Q. How much does a session cost?
A. The cost is £45 for a 30 minute session.
Q. Do I have to undress for Tui Na?
A. Tui Na is often performed over clothes, although sometimes if oils are to be used you will need to partially undress. If you are uncomfortable with this, please say so, as it is always possible to perform Tui Na through clothes.
Q. What should i wear for a Tui Na session?
A. Wear or bring loose, light, comfortable clothing, try to avoid skirts, jeans, stiff materials, and belts or restricted waistbands. The clothing should allow you to move your arms and legs. Sweatshirts, long sleeved shirts, tracksuits, or loose trousers are ideal. If you can, bring a pair of clean cotton socks.
Q. Can i eat a meal before a Tui Na session?
A. Do not eat heavily in the two hours prior to the session. After a large meal, the body's energy is focused on digestion rather than on healing the body.
Q. Can i eat a meal after a Tui Na session?
A. Eating a large meal immediately after a session is not advised because the body's energy is focused on digestion rather than on healing the body.
Q. what do i do after a Tui Na session?
A. After a session, drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol, and, if possible, do not engage in activities that are strenuous or stressful.
Q. Will i be cured notice an improvement straight away?
A. The degree of improvement is subject to the individual and could be directly related to how long the injury has been present.A recent injuiry is more responsive to treatment.
Q. Where Will My Tui Na Session Take Place?
A. Your Tui Na session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room of your choice.
Q. Are There Any Medical Conditions That Would Make Tui Na Inadvisable?
A. Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Your practitioner may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
Q. Is Tui Na painful?
A. Tui Na can be painful because we work on pressure and Ashi points (tender points). Some techniques need to be strong and deep. Pain tends to be relative to the patients' tolerance and the type of the illness, which affects people differently.
Q. How does it differ from regular massage?
A. It follows the T.C.M. concept, so it is about clearing blockages within the energy meridians and so the hand techniques used are very different to other therapies however have some similarities as well. Practitioners rarely use oils, the patient is usually clothed, and it is designed to specifically address disorders that other massage therapies may not eg: Rubella, Diabetes.
Q. Is there anyone who shouldn't have Tui Na?
A. Those with an unknown diagnosis, fractures, malignant tumours, open injuries, scalds, burns, and infectious diseases such as measles or chicken pox. Caution with women during menstruation, pregnancy and people who are feeble.
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