Tuina (Chinese Medical Massage) with Shaun Walker
What is Tuina?
Tui Na, or tuina, is a therapeutic form of massage and has been used in China for more than 5,000 years. Defined as “the ancient healing art of fingers and strength,” tui na (pronounced “twee nah”) has been gaining international attention for its safe and effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions. Tui na massage therapy is used for giving special treatments to people of all ages, from infancy to old age.
Practitioners use their finger, hand, elbow, knee or foot to apply pressure to a specific body location, according to an article published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. This complementary and alternative Chinese medicine modality makes use of rhythmic compression techniques along different energy channels of the body to establish harmonious flow of qi throughout the body and bringing it back to balance. By applying pressure to meridians, acupoints, and groups of muscles and nerves, tui na removes blockages and works deeply with the positive energy of the body.
Who can Benefit from Tuina?
In all of Shaun's clinics he has a ratio of 2:1 females over males. TuiNa is appropriate for all age groups. In fact. The youngest client Shaun has treated is 13, and he has ample clients in their 70's, 80's and a couple of females in their 90's. There may be some discomfort in the muscles, but this discomfort disappears as soon as Shaun takes his hands off. A certain amount of pressure is necessary to get to the deep tight muscles.
TuiNa, (pronounced “twee na”) is a deep tissue Chinese massage, and is a fundamental part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), along with Acupuncture, Acupressure, Chinese Herbs, Cupping, Moxibustion, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. TuiNa is used in many hospitals in China as the first and only choice of healthcare.
TuiNa (which literally means push and grab) incorporates the TCM theory that injury or disease causes blockages in the channels of the body. Blockages cause pain.
The treatment is carried out once the TuiNa practitioner has assessed the client’s condition and explained what TuiNa is. The client will either lie down or be seated, depending on their condition or age and, in the case of female clients, whether they are pregnant.
There is no need to remove any clothing, only coats, shoes and jewellery. The client will be covered with a cotton sheet, as that facilitates the techniques used. Therapeutic oils are used only on the hands, feet and neck. After the treatment, the practitioner may offer advice on exercise and stretching, diet and lifestyle.
Benefits of Tuina...
Tuina may be able to help with many conditions, acute or chronic:
Shoulder, Neck pain
Back pain, Sciatica
Removal of scar tissue
Increase muscle tone
Increase the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid
Cold hands and/or feet
Removal of waste products
Or TuiNa can be used just for relaxation.
Tuina and Sport Performance
TuiNa can help with athletes or anyone on any level who is participating in sport. There are three main areas TuiNa can help with sports performance.
1) Maintenance: Sports use different muscles groups in different ways - a maintenance programme will target the muscle groups to help keep them flexible and improve their range of motion.
2) Before and After Treatment: Before, aids circulation, meaning more efficient blood flow into and out of the muscles, which muscles depend on. Therefore, getting the maximum effort out of the muscles.
After, will help remove toxins, lactic acid from the system more quickly, enabling the body to repair and heal itself, therefore allowing the individual to return to training more quickly.
3) Rehabilitation; At some point a sports person will encounter cramping, tears, bruises, spasms. TuiNa can help speed up the healing process, with the variation of soft tissue techniques it uses, by getting the muscle/muscles functioning.as soon as possible.
(Please wear loose clothing, no jeans)