Wellness in Chinatown: Tui Na massage
Vigorous yet revitalising!
From herbal medicine to acupuncture and cupping, China’s ancient wellness modalities are as unique as they are abundant. All of them have one thing in common; getting one’s Chi (lifeforce energy) flowing in harmony throughout the body. Tui Na is a deep tissue massage (it literally means to ‘push’ and ‘grab’) that stimulates blood and energy flow. You can experience this invigorating treatment at Beijing Tong Ren Tang or Hong Ning Clinic in Chinatown London.
What is Tui Na massage?
One of the fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tui Na (pronounced ‘twee nah’) massage follows Taoist principals to stimulate the same points and meridians on the body as in acupressure and acupuncture. But instead of needles, a pair of firm hands are used instead. Perfect if you’re a bit squeamish.
Tui Na is vigorous but ultra-revitalising. Kneading, hacking and chopping may sound like kitchen techniques, but they’re also used in your Tui Na massage! The practitioner will apply pressure with their hands and fists to deeply stimulate your muscles, removing tension in them and allowing blood flow to increase, thus enabling optimum healing.
What are meridians?
Chinese medicine recognises a network of 12 paired meridians along the left and right sides of the body, along with two unpaired meridians that encircle the torso and head. Unlike veins that have a physical structure, meridians are pathways along which the main flow of Chi occurs. Pressure from needles, hands and cupping stimulates the Chi to stream through the meridians freely. Chinese believe free-flowing lifeforce energy is the key to optimum health!
What can Tui Na massage treat?
According to Tui Na practitioners, this form of Chinese manipulative therapy can be used to relive all manner of complaints, ailments and injuries. It said to treat pains like neck, shoulder, back and headaches, digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome and even respiratory issues, rheumatism, arthritis and sciatica along with emotional problems and insomnia.
What happens during a Tui Na massage?
If you’ve always wanted a stimulating massage but the thought of disrobing doesn’t appeal, then Tui Na is perfect for you. Performed while you’re fully clothed, you’ll lie on a couch or sit on a chair – depending on which part of the body is being treated – and be covered in a cotton sheet. Once comfortable, the practitioner will get to work as you relax and enjoy the benefits.< Go Back To Lifestyle & Culture