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Tui Na (Massage) at Sydneytcm History of Tui NA Techniques

Tui Na (Massage)

At Sydney Acupuncture we offer Tui Na (Traditional Chinese Therapeutic Massage). During a typical massage session, it is preferred that the patient be as comfortable as possible, by wearing loose clothing and no foot wear, this is to loosen restrictions that belts and tight clothing can affect. The patient can have the preference of lying on a massage table or to be sitting in a massage chair. The practitioner begins by examining the patient firstly with diagnostic examinations and manual tests for distinguishing their specific problems. X-rays or others tests might be needed for correct prescription of treatment. When this is completed, a specific treatment protocol will be established, then the session beings.

A whole array of specific Tui Na techniques are employed, depending on the condition. Tuina uses Traditional Chinese medical theory of Qi and Blood which is flowing through the meridians / channels and the whole body, as the fundamental concept theory. Through the application of gentle and firm massage with stretching techniques, Tuina seeks to establish a balance of harmonious flow of Qi and Blood through the body, allowing the natural healing process to develop. It is well known, that there is tremendous benefit for improved blood circulation, for optimum health and for rapid healing process. Sessions can last from 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Specific problems for some clients may need for them to return for additional treatments. The client will usually feel relaxed and some what energised by the treatment. It is advisable to "take it easy" after a treatment, as to achieve the best result. To learn more about TuiNa, please read on .

History of Tui Na
Tuina's history can be dated back to the early Shang Dynasty of ancient China (1700 B.CE). Bones found displayed that tuina massage being utilized for the treatment of children's diseases and digestive complaints in adults. By 600 C.E. Tuina was included in the Imperial Medical College as a separate department, where it flourished throughout China until the end of Qing Dynasty where it was suppressed following the Communist revolution. Restoration was achieved along with other traditional medical arts in the creation of the current Traditional Medicine Colleges systems. TuiNa specific departments can now be seen in China.

Techniques
The main Tuina methods include the use of hand techniques to massage soft tissue (muscles and tendons) injuries of the body, acupressure techniques to affect the flow of Qi, and stretching techniques to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships.
At times, external herbal poultices, compresses, liniments, and or salves are also used to enhance the therapeutic effect.
 
Tuina is seen as a powerful therapeutic extension to the traditional western massage methods, which have been used in this country. Tuina's simplicity and focus on specific problems, rather than a more generalised treatment, make it both an excellent alternative and/or extension of the typical Swedish-style massage. By utilising treatments of shorter duration, it can be used in a variety of different settings, such as the home, office, and clinic or even in hospitals and nursing facilities. Contraindications include conditions involving fractures, phlebitis, infectious contagious conditions, open wounds, and lesions.


The benefits of Tuina are well suited for the treatment of specific musculoskeletal disorders and chronic stress-related disorders of the digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems. Tuina is not especially useful for those seeking a mild, sedating and relaxing massage since it tends to be more task focused than other types of bodywork.

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