A Guide To Tui Na
A Guide To Tui Na
Tui Na Chinese Massage practitioner Tim Sullivan gives a brief overview of the theory and application of Tui Na.
Welcome to A Guide to Tui Na. Tui Na uses a variety of physical techniques to apply Chinese medicine theory and diagnosis for patients. Although Tui Na works with all forms of conditions, it specializes particularly in conditions that affect the exterior of the body.
So in particular, it works with aches and pains, muscular and sinew pain in particular. It works with neurological conditions and it works also very well with external pathogenic factors that have invaded the body such as bacterial or viral conditions that are still in the process of working their way into the body with fevers and with chills and so on and so forth. In China, Tui Na is particularly used for bone setting and for pediatrics.
It is renowned for working with children. Tui Na works on three energetic levels, so you have the external aspect of what we call Wei Chi flows, you have the mid-level, which is Yin Chi flow, and the last level, which is Won Chi. The Wei is where we have our defensive chi of the body that engages in dealing with external climatic factors such as cold, heat, wind, so on and so forth.
We have central heating that allows the body to cope with most external climatic factors. We have Ying Chi, which is the level which we have the blood operating the body and our consciousness, so very often, we have emotional situations that we store in our body. This is where we have holding on to stress, tension in the neck and shoulders, and all sorts of aches and pains that most people have where most forms of conventional massage don't really get into the root cause of these things.
Lastly, we have the Won Chi, which is our temperament, so we can have a temperament where we have natural levels of stress and tension that arise because that's just who we are. The wonderful thing about Tui Na is that we can interact with all these three levels. Although we work mainly with the Wei Chi, we can engage with the Yin Chi and the Won Chi through using Tui Na techniques.
If you are in the UK and want to find a practitioner of Tui Na, then I would recommend contacting the UKRCTM, the UK Register of Tui Na Chinese Massage, and they will have a register of fully qualified practitioners in your local area. They can offer treatment for whatever condition you have. Tui Na would be suitable for a wide range of problems and if you contact a local practitioner, they should be able to advise you as to the most appropriate form of treatment.
That's a brief guide to Tui Na. .