Diploma Acupuncture, Diploma Tuina
Tui Na, pronounced “twee-nah”, means “Push and Grasp” and it is part of the great family of therapies known as the Traditional Chinese Medicine.
It can be used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion or cupping, but it represents a form of treatment in its own right, which is good news for people afraid of needles. Tui Na uses a series of techniques to manipulate and stimulate the body’s healing mechanisms: acupressure, massage techniques and stretching. All these aim to move the Qi and Blood so that the joints are warmed up and lubricated. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, our joints are vulnerable not only to the weather conditions or to other internal illnesses, but they can also store and become affected by our emotions.
By releasing the stagnation in the joints and muscles, Tui Na can improve the overall health of people suffering from a multitude of complaints: arthritis, sports or repetitive injuries, various musculoskeletal conditions, digestive and gynaecological disorders and emotional distress.
Tui Na sessions are usually done with the patient fully clothed, although it is advisable that they wear light and loose fitting clothes, preferably in less layers, so that the body can benefit from the Tui Na Techniques. Usually, the patient is lying down, face down or up, and I will cover the patient’s body with a special cotton sheet (a Tui Na sheet). Oils and liniments may be used to increase the effect of the sessions (then the patient will remove their clothes).
Depending on the main complaint, the session can last up to 45 minutes. Because Tui Na is a medical procedure, I will take a full medical history during the first session and I will advise and decide whether Tui Na is the best course of treatment for your specific situation or not.