TuiNa is the original Chinese Bodywork Therapy that has been used for over 2,500 years. TuiNa is the forerunner of Japanese Shiatsu and Thai Massage, predating both by many centuries. It is a sophisticated system of holistic therapy based upon the 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.
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.
Because the mind and body are parts of a unified whole, TuiNa can help with a range of emotional issues such as excess anger, sadness, lack of mental energy etc. 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.
It is also a great way of improving general flexibility, range of movement and posture. This is not only great for athletes of all types but those of us less active. Boosting energy, creating ease of movement and relaxing the mind, TuiNa is a unique and powerful holistic therapy.
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.
TuiNa: A Treatment
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. Can often be carried out through thin clothing as oils are not always used. You should avoid eating a large meal in the three hours prior to a treatment and alcohol is best avoided for 24 hours before a session, while drinking plenty of water to ensure hydration before and after a session is encouraged. N.B. Athletes / dancers are advised not to book a session less than 24 hours prior to an event / performance.
Two of the Sinew Channels Illustrated