The Shulan College of Chinese Medicine offers a number of courses in Traditional Chinese Medicine, including a diploma in Tuina. Also known as Tui Na, this oriental bodywork technique has been used throughout China for over 2,000 years, but has only gained acceptance in the Western world in the past decades.

Here’s a quick overview of everything you need to know about this ancient practice.

What Is Tuina?

Along with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, Tuina forms one of the three main forms of therapy used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It’s a therapeutic form of massage, used for special treatments for people of all ages, including the newborn and elderly. Practitioners use rhythmic compression techniques to channel different energies in the body, along with other techniques to manipulate and lubricate joints. The goal is to establish the harmonious flow of Qi throughout the body and bring it into balance.

A Tuina Therapy Session

A typical Tuina session lasts between 30 minutes and an hour, and the patient, wearing loose clothing and no shoes, lies on a floor mat or treatment table. After a short case history and diagnosis, the treatment begins.

Tuina employs many of the same techniques as conventional western massage, such as gliding, kneading, percussion, vibration, pressing, friction, pulling, tapping, rolling, and shaking. However, it also employs acupressure techniques designed to affect the flow of Qi and facilitate the healing process, hence is more therapeutic than conventional relaxation massages.

What Conditions Does Tuina Treat?

Tuina massage is designed to focus on acute and chronic pain associated with joints, muscles or the skeletal system. It’s especially useful for sciatica, joint pain like arthritis, muscle spasms, and problems in the neck, shoulders, arms, back, hips, legs and ankles. However, it doesn’t only work on these areas. It works with the energy of the body at a deeper level and also helps with stress-related disorders, such as migraines, IBS and insomnia, and disorders of the respiratory, reproductive and digestive systems.

To find out more about Tuina, or to enrol on our diploma course, contact The Shulan College of Chinese Medicine today.