Monday, January 11, 2010
Are you sore from shoveling snow, feeling the need to distress yourself from the holidays, or are you thinking ahead about Valentine’s Day – a Tui Na massage is a great way to rejuvenate from the winter blues.
What is Tui Na?
Tui Na means pushing and grasping. Tui Na feels like a combination between acupressure, Swedish massage and Shiatsu. Tui Na uses rhythmic compression along energy channels that not only helps the muscles but affects the flow of energy. Tui Na uses such techniques as gliding, kneading, percussion, friction, pulling, rotation, rocking, vibration, and shaking.
While relaxing, Tui Na has the added benefit of being therapeutic - working at a deeper level. One of Tui Na’s advantages over Swedish massage is its ability to focus on specific problems, especially chronic pain associated with the muscles, joints, and skeletal system. It’s especially effective for joint pain (such as arthritis), sciatica, muscle spasms, and pain in the back, neck, and shoulders. It also helps chronic conditions such as insomnia, PMS, constipation, headaches (including migraines), and the tension associated with stress.
As with Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tui Na is designed to prevent problems, not just correct them. By keeping the body’s energy in balance, health is maintained – mind, body and soul.