Tui Na is a form of Chinese bodywork that has been in use for over 2000 years. The term "Tui-Na" translates roughly as "push-pull" or "push-grasp" in Chinese. Tui Na is based upon the Traditional Chinese Medicinal theory of Qi flowing through specific meridians of the body. With the application of massage and manipulation techniques, Tui Na seeks to remove blockages and establish a more balanced and harmonious flow of Qi through the meridians and channels of the body.
Tui Na uses a wide variety of techniques (kneading, shaking, pressing, tapping, gliding, percussion) and can range anywhere from light gentle finger strokes to very intense deep-tissue work using the elbow and forearm. It should be noted that Tui Na is not a recreational or relaxing massage. It is a very strong and specific therapeutic bodywork. Tui Na is particularly well suited for orthopedic issues such as tendon or joint injuries, muscle sprains, chronic musculoskeletal pain and repetitive stress injuries. It is an excellent adjunct therapy to acupuncture.