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Tuina Bodywork

Tuina Bodywork is a very old, yet very comprehensive and effective therapeutic massage system.

There are a few things that set Tuina apart from other systems of bodywork:

  • Though working with the physical body, Tuina Bodywork is based on Chinese Medical Theory and Physiology, just like acupuncture.
  • The patient can often remained fully clothed, except in cases where very deep work might be needed.
  • The sessions are very task oriented, and the techniques allow for a lot of work to be done in a short amount of time, depending on the patient's constitution.

Purposes of Tuina

  • Removing obstructions, restoring balance, and stopping pain
  • Increasing qi and blood circulation
  • Realigning of joints
  • Mobilizing of joints
  • Healing of soft tissue injuries
  • Adjusting (physically and the qi of) internal organs

Indications for Tuina

  • A full range of musculoskeletal complaints
  • Chronic stress-related disorders including those of the digestion system, respiratory system, and reproductive system
  • Great for and the most widely used modality for the treatment of children (pediatrics) in China
  • Treatment of the needle phobic (an alternative to acupuncture)
  • If it can be treated with acupuncture or other types of massage, then it can be treated with Tuina
  • Tuina is generally not a mild, sedating, or "fall asleep" massage

Contraindications for Tuina

These are very similar to the contraindications for most types of bodywork and massage.

  • Fractures
  • Phlebitis
  • Infectious conditions
  • Open wounds
  • Lesions