Chinese remedial massage (tui na) is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that treats the client without acupuncture needles to stimulate a change in the person’s condition.
Practitioners use pressure on acupuncture points, meridians and groups of muscles and nerves to promote the free flow of qi (life force or energy) and move blockages, improving your health and vitality. Chinese remedial massage (tui na) is based on the theory that qi imbalances can lead to symptoms such as pain and disease.
Chinese remedial massage (tui na) is a complete system of medicine with the ability to address disease and injury. Their unique logic and methods of diagnosis and treatment set them apart from all other health sciences. Chinese remedial massage (tui na) may be combined with other TCM therapies, such as acupuncture, cupping, and gua sha.
People use Chinese remedial massage (tui na) for overall wellbeing and to treat various health conditions, including:
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On your first visit, your student practitioner and supervisor will listen to your health concerns and develop your personalised treatment plan. Once you’re comfortable with the approach, your student practitioner will start your treatment.
Chinese remedial massage (tui na) is the least invasive of the TCM therapies. You remain fully clothed for this treatment, which combines massage, acupressure and other forms of body manipulation. Your practitioner will not use needles or prescribe herbs.
They may encourage you to use at-home stretches and exercises to increase the benefits of each treatment.
Tui Na is documented in one of the foundational TCM texts, the Huangdi Neijing (the latest translation is The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine), written by the famous Chinese emperor Huangdi around 2600 BC.
After experiencing the benefits of Chinese remedial massage (tui na), many people want to learn more about TCM. If you’re inspired, the Endeavour College of Natural Health offers a Diploma of Health Science (Chinese remedial massage) and acupuncture and Chinese medicine degrees.