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Tuina (pronounced "twee nah") is a form of Oriental bodywork that has been used in China for centuries. Tuina, combination of massage, acupressure and other forms of body manipulation, is a way of accessing and releasing blocked or congested energy centers in the body. These centers, or points, are junctures of meridian pathways that carry energy called qi (also chi or ch'i "chee"). Tui Na stimulates the body’s own energies to help fight illness and restore balance to your physical and emotional systems. The stimulation removes energy blockages by diffusing the toxic build up that accumulates in the muscle tissue. The accumulation of toxins causes stiffness throughout the body. Stiffness in muscles puts abnormal pressure on nerves, blood vessels, and lymph vessels. The pressure on blood and lymph vessels affect both skeletal systems and internal organ functioning.

What to Expect on Your First Visit

In a typical tuina session, the client remains clothed but wears loose clothing, and sits on a chair or couch. The practitioner will ask the patient a series of questions, then begin treatment based on the answers to those questions.

Tuina practitioners may employ a variety of methods to achieve their goal. Commonly used techniques include soft tissue massage; acupressure and manipulation. Practitioners may sometimes use herbal compresses, liniments, ointments and heat to enhance these techniques.

Conditions and Contraindications

Tuina is best suited for rectifying chronic pain, musculoskeletal conditions and stress-related disorders that affect the digestive and/or respiratory systems. Among the ailments tuina treats best are neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, sciatica and tennis elbow. However, because tuina is designed to improve and restore the flow of qi, treatment often ends up causing improvements to the whole body, not just a specific area. There is anecdotal evidence that headaches, constipation, premenstrual symptoms and some emotional problems may also be effectively treated through tuina.

Because it tends to be more specific than other types of bodywork, Tuina treatments are different of each patient or session. The type of massage delivered by a Tuina practitioner can be quite vigorous or very gentle and relaxing. Patients may also experience feelings of sleepiness or euphoria.

Swedish:  As the most-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes. Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, and improving circulation while easing tension.

Deep tissue: This type of massage is aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia (also called connective tissue). Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, working to release chronic muscle tension or knots.

Cranial Sacral: Cranio-sacral massage is a very gentle therapy that improves physical, mental, and emotional health. Your therapist will concentrate on the head, sacrum, and pelvis.  Gentle finger pressure is used to relax the target area.  The flow of energy is restored to the entire body thus reinstating physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

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