An Mo-Tui Na
Dao Yin (yoga)
An Mo - TuiNa is the original Chinese Bodywork Therapy that has been used for over 2,500 years. An Mo which as far as technique is concerned is close to Shiatsu an that it emphasises direct pressure on muscles and other soft tissue is thought to be the original Chinese Bodywork. Although An Mo predates Shiatsu by over 1,000 years. TuiNa is in some ways similar to Osteopathy in that it uses gentle manipulation and joint alignment techniques. Together they form a sophisticated system of holistic therapy, but are based upon traditional Chinese medical theory, being directed at lines of physical stress referred to as The Sinew Channels, balancing the body’s various systems; nervous, mental, skeletal, muscular and hormonal.
An Mo - TuiNa is usually carried out as a whole body therapy, it is designed to stretch and relax tissue and aid the balanced circulation of blood and energy around the body. By bringing the body into balance, we establish a more harmoniously functioning body, enabling the body to naturally heal itself. It is traditionally done through thin clothing.
Because the mind and body are parts of a unified whole, An Mo - TuiNa can help with a range of emotional issues such as excess anger, sadness, lack of mental energy, loss of libido etc. An Mo - TuiNa, is usually done through thin clothing, it features a range of techniques including the use of a variety of palm, finger and knuckle techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi, and manipulation techniques using passive stretching to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships. Chinese medicine does not differentiate between mind and body as they are inextricably connected. Therefore treatments will also bring a de-stressing relaxation effect and when stress is identified as the primary issue, de-stressing and relaxation will be emphasised in the treatment protocol. This will usually involve the use of oils rather than pressure through light clothing.
A typical treatment takes between an hour and an hour and a half, the first session takes a little longer to allow for initial assessment. Follow these basic rules to prepare for a treatment:
1. Avoid eating a large meal in the three hours prior to a treatment
2. Abstain from alcohol for 24 hours before a session
3. Drink plenty of water to ensure hydration before a session at least a litre and a half in the 24 hours before the treatment
4. Athletes / dancers are advised not to book a session less than 24 hours prior to an event / performance.
In the 24 hours after a treatment, continue to drink plenty of water, another litre and a half and try to keep gently active.
Dao Yin, is the opposite side of the coin to Tui Na. Dao Yin is, for want of a better phrase, Chinese Yoga. Its origins are quite separate from Indian Yoga, postures are gentle with a lot of emphasis on opening joints and elongating groups of muscles, rather than individual muscles. The muscle groups are identified in groups referred to as Sinew Channels, these channels follow broadly the same route as acupuncture meridians. Dao Yin is a great self help tool and I often teach patients some postures to support their Tui Na treatments. Dao Yin also has a strong mental / emotional aspect, combining mindful breath work with the physical aspect corrects and reinforces the body / mind link.
Two of the Sinew Channels Illustrated