Tui-Na

Healing Hours:*

Mondays 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Tuesdays 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Wednesdays 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Thursdays 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Fridays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
* By appointment only.

Tui-Na, which literally means “pushing (and) grasping”, is an Oriental Bodywork Therapy that has been used in China for 2,000 years. Tui-Na uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi through the meridians as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques Tui-Na seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, allowing the body naturally heals itself.

Tui-Na methods include the use of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi , and manipulation techniques to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships (bone-setting). External herbal poultices, compresses, liniments, and salves are also used to enhance the other therapeutic methods.

Tui-Na has a variety of different systems that emphasize particular aspects of these therapeutic principles. The rolling method which emphasizes soft tissue techniques and specializes in joint injuries and muscle sprains, the one finger pushing method which emphasizes techniques for acupressure and the treatment of internal diseases, and the bone setting method which emphasizes manipulation methods to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships and specializes in joint injuries and nerve pain.

In a typical session, the client, wearing loose clothing and no shoes, lies on a table. The practitioner examines the specific problems of the client and begins to apply a specific treatment protocol. The major focus of application is upon specific pain sites, acupressure points, energy meridians, and muscles and joints. Sessions last from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Depending on the specific problems of the client, they may return for additional treatments. The client usually feels relaxed but energized by the treatment.