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Tui Na Massage is all about soft tissue treatment, skeletal alignment, and energy issuance. It’s a branch of Chinese medicine that treats the patient using only the practitioner’s hands to bring about a change in the patient’s condition. Tui Na is a complete system of medicine, giving it the ability to address both internal diseases and external injuries. Its unique logic and methods of diagnosis and treatment set it apart from all other health sciences. Olympus Center Massage Therapy NYC specializes in sports and medical massage for runners, triathletes, crossfit athletes, swimmers.
Tui Na treats chronic pain, especially that caused by muscle-skeletal conditions and injuries. Neck, shoulder and back pain and immobility, sciatica and ‘tennis elbow’ all respond very well.
It is, however, impossible to treat a specific condition with Tui Na without improving the overall Qi status of the body.
This means that headaches, migraines, IBS, constipation, PMS and a whole range of emotional problems can also be treated.
Tui Na (pronounced ‘twee-nah’) message is a complete healing system, like acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. These three forms of therapy are the main components of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Tui Na is probably the oldest system of bodywork still practiced yet its popularity continues to grow.
The techniques of Tui Na and details of its uses in treating a range of health problems were already documented in a vast treatise – The Yellow Emperor’s Classics of Internal Medicine, written about 2500 years ago. After such a lengthy period of development and evolution, modern Tui Na is the most tried and tested the hands-on therapy in the world.
Tui Na works in accordance with the complex theory of TCM. Fundamental to this theory is the life powering energy that the Chinese call Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’). Every aspect of bodily function depends upon Qi and its flow through the tissues.
The Chinese recognize a network of 12 paired meridians – one member of each pair on the right side of the body and the other on the left. There are also two unpaired meridians that encircle the trunk and the head of the mid-line.
These meridians are not like vessels, they have no anatomical structure but they are pathways along which the main flow of Qi occurs. It is to visualize them as precise currents of Qi, just like currents of water in the oceans.
Interestingly, Western scientific methods have been used to plot the courses of these meridians, and they confirm the accuracy of detailed maps produced around the time of The Yellow Emperor’s Classics of Internal Medicine.
At irregular intervals along the meridians, there are specific Qi points (the acupoints of acupuncture) where pressure, needles or heat can affect the way Qi flows through the meridian. This effect can manifest itself on some part of the meridian quite distant from where the stimulus is applied.
When Qi flow is disturbed anywhere in the body, Qi imbalance that results can cause pain, stiffness, sickness – even emotional pain.
The Chinese believe that health and vitality depend on Qi balance in the body. Tui Na is one of the ways of achieving this and it uses an array of techniques to do it.
A Casual observer watching a session sees what appears to be a thorough workout for the soft tissues and joints, but the practitioner aims to do more than this. Attention is focused on meridians and selected Qi points. They are massaged in different ways to remove all blockages to the flow of Qi.
In China, Tui Na is used for conditions that, in the West, would be treated by osteopaths, chiropractors, and physiotherapists or with drugs.