Tuina (Tui Na, 推拿) uses the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory of the flow of Qi through the meridians as its basic therapeutic orientation. The name Tuina comes from “Tui” meaning “push” and “Na” meaning “Grasp”. Tuina works on the same basic theory as other TCM techniques : “Injury or disease causes blockages in the channels of the body. Blockages cause pain.” Through the application of a series of pressing, tapping, and kneading with palms, fingertips, knuckles, Tuina seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, so that the body will heal itself naturally.
Tuina uses techniques and manipulations to stimulate acupuncture points or other parts of the body surface so as to correct physiological imbalances of the body and achieve curative effects. The effect of Tuina is to remove blockages along the meridians of the body and stimulate the flow of energy (“Qi”) and blood to promote healing from within. Effectively, it helps to relax the muscles and joints, stimulate blood circulation, and relieve aches and pains.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Tuina has no adverse side effects. In general, effects vary from person to person. Some may feel energized, happy and motivated, others may feel a little tired - this is short term and is due to the movement of Qi in the body resulting from the treatment. There may also be slight bruising in others as the blocked energy gets released. Once the blood circulation improves, the person will feel less tense and relaxed.
Tuina may be used to treat many disorders from soft tissue injuries to many other kinds of diseases such as rheumatic pain, tiredness, lack of energy and any symptoms caused by stress or emotional problems. Tuina is also used for cosmetic purposes such as weight loss.
Tuina is suitable for people of all ages, including children. It is especially good for adults, infants, sports medicine, general health care for the elderly, rehabilitation and orthopedics.
After a Tui Na treatment session, do drink plenty of water.
During the treatment at Asia TCM Singapore TCM clinic, our trained TCM practitioner will ask questions about the patient’s lifestyle and making careful observations. It is fundamental to Tuina that the therapist and patient have an awareness among them. Feedback from the patient during the massage guides the therapist towards the points to treat and the amount of pressure to apply.