Tui na: Chinese Massage Therapy in London Fields
Acupuncture Without Needles
Tui na is a therapeutic massage based on the principles of Chinese Medicine. Massage is an incredibly ancient type of treatment, one that we instinctively use on ourselves and our children. In China and Japan it was traditionally the first treatment used on children and infants.
Because it works on the same principles as acupuncture it has many of the same benefits, but can be used when acupuncture is not suitable, for example with children, or people who do not like needles.
In general Tui na is gentler and has a less lasting effect on imbalances than acupuncture, but some people find they respond better to Tui na. Many people find Tui na deeply relaxing and enjoyable.
Tara is a trained acupuncturist and can combine acupuncture and Tui na together if necessary.
What Happens During a Tui Na Treatment?
A full consultation is taken, as with acupuncture. You will be asked questions about your main complaint as well as about your lifestyle, diet, emotions and medical history. For the first treatment this usually takes about 25 minutes. Tui na is often performed through a cloth, or with the patient fully clothed.
Tara also uses Chinese techniques such as Gua Sha (rubbing the skin), cupping or moxibustion (heat treatment with a herb called “moxa”) as appropriate and will sometimes apply Chinese medicinal oils direct on the skin.
What Can Tui Na Treat?
Tui na can be used to treat many of the same conditions as acupuncture. It is very good for muscle or tendon injuries. Tara also uses tui na to treat children and many common childhood illnesses. Tui na can also help with the treatment of:
IBS and digestive disorders including constipation and diarrhea
Depression and anxiety
Tennis elbow and other forms of RSI
Pregnancy related symptoms such as SPD, sciatica, etc.