The Physical, Mental, And Spiritual Benefits Of Tui Na And Acupressure Massage Therapies

Tui Na, also known as Chinese Massage therapy is a one-of- kind technique based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. The massage therapist uses his hands, feet, elbows, and arms to apply pressure on the specific points or areas of a client who remains fully clothed while receiving a variety of effective massage techniques.

Tui na is used for stress and pain relief and has been used continuously for over three millennia in China.

Those points or areas are known as acupuncture points and the stagnation of energy or chi in those areas cause fatigue or stress and the rise of all sorts of pain in the body.

The key areas that can help improve the flow of energy are the acupuncture points; eliminate the blockage in those points and stress and pain will be eventually relieved. Tui Na therapy involves several types of pointing, pressing, pushing, robbing, and rolling techniques. These methods not only work on the skin level but, more importantly, also penetrate deeply into the acupoints. This is the main difference between Chinese Massage therapy and other conventional forms of massage. In a lot of instances, the person receiving tui na becomes energetic once again and experiences instant pain relief. This therapy cures insomnia, panic, stress, sciatica, headaches, and migraines. It accelerates the healing of carpal tunnel syndrome, injuries in the joints, and arthritis as well as balance people with chronic illnesses by strengthening their immune systems and reduce pain. Acupressure is another type of Chinese massage therapy that involves the application of pressure using the practitioner’s finger or thumb to an acupoint(s) to resolve an ailment. Tui na integrates both conventional massage and acupressure.

Tui na in Vancouver has been shown to substantially improve:

• Fatigue
• Stress Disorder
• Weak Digestion
• Sport Injuries
• Neck/Shoulder Pain
• Low Energy
• Insomnia
• Headache
• Back Pain

Scar Tissue Break-down

For people experiencing chronic pain or stiffness in the joints or muscles or for those who have lost mobility, Tui na therapy can be used to break down scar tissue to improve range of motion and relieve soreness.

Soft Tissue Injury Treatment

Therapeutic Tui na procedures which include manipulation of the soft tissues of the body can help alleviate pain and stiffness related to a range of injuries of soft tissue including sciatica, low back pain, and frozen shoulder.

Better Emotional Health

Tui na therapy can be physically relaxing which can help improve overall health and well-being and alleviate tension and stress. However, practitioners believe that obstructions to chi circulation throughout the body can impair a person’s mental health resulting in depression and anxiety. Tui na massage helps to rebalance the chi and eliminate layers of emotional stress that can accumulate over time.

Higher Energy

Tui na therapy has been shown to increase energy levels and activate energy in the body by restoring balance to the flow of chi within the body. Its stress-reducing abilities can also bring about a general sense of well being and better quality sleep.

Circulatory Problems

The main responsibility of Tui na massage is to rechannel the circulation of chi and promote circulatory health throughout the body. The circulatory system is re-energized and stimulated by the use of various manipulation techniques on some pressure points in the body.

Acupressure Massage Therapy


The main aim of acupressure is to relax, heal, and promote uninterrupted flow of chi throughout the body. Acupressure massage therapy:

• Alleviates tension and stress
• Lowers blood pressure
• Cures problems related to depression and lessens anxiety
• Helps maintain normal menstrual patterns.
• Enables the body to profoundly relax
• Raises spiritual and mental awareness
• Helps lessen labor pains

By reducing stress, acupressure promotes wellness and strengthens resistance to disease. It helps the body resist illness and to adapt to changes in the environment. Some acupressure points can help reduce chest tension and helps you to breathe deeply.

This therapy can also be used to enhance your appearance as it has the ability to relax and tone your facial muscles, which can reduce the wrinkles in your face. It can also be of help to psychotherapy patients as it can restore emotional balance by releasing built up tension resulting from repressed feelings.

Acupressure can be a great treatment for sinus conditions. The main goal of this therapy is to restore the body back to its natural balance and allow nature to take its course. It reinforces all the systems of the body and enables you to enjoy a harmonious life and a healthy body.

Combining Tui Na With Manipulation Techniques To Treat Physical Injury And Internal Disorders

Tui Na is a Chinese term that means pushing and grasping. It is a form of massage therapy that has been developed in China over the last three millennia. A lot of modern styles of manipulation and massage are based on the Tui Na techniques.

The healing tradition of Tui Na encompasses different classifications of treatment methods:

1. Nei Gong: Internal development of vital energy or Qi to stimulate the Qi of the patient for healing

2. Bone Setting: Joint alignment that follows Traditional Chinese Orthopedics

3. Soft Tissue Manipulation: Performed for muscle sprains and joint injuries

4. Acupressure: Application of finger pressure on pressure points to treat internal disorders

How does Tui Na differ from other massage therapies?

There are scores of manipulative techniques used in Tui Na therapy that can be used to adjust the joints, bones, and muscles. Practitioners of Tui Na hone their healing skills by practicing different styles of Tui Na exercises. They have the ability to increase focus and control, and even enable the practitioner to discharge the energy in his body. Moreover, Tui Na exercises can help the practitioner become more sensitive to disturbances in the Qi going on in a patient’s body. When combined, these abilities enable the practitioner to palpate, observe, diagnose, and treat energetic imbalances and injuries in the patient. Same as acupuncture treatment, Tui Na can change the flow of vital energy in your body.

It was believed that Tui Na therapy was handed down from master to apprentice by experts of this healing system who were also usually martial artists themselves. It takes years of training to learn the development of Qi internally in order to attain the required level that could enable a person to discharge Qi in his body to heal a patient. Moreover, the wide range of techniques to perform tasks such as bone setting required the development of internal strength. Now, this internal strength technique is now taught in schools teaching Traditional Chinese medicine usually that mostly teaches herbal medicine and acupuncture exclusively. A few of the rather mysterious training techniques have been discarded when schools of Chinese medicine were standardized during the Communist takeover of China.

How does Tui Na massage therapy work?

According to Chinese Medicine theory, all illnesses are the result of an imbalance in the movement of Qi in the body. This Qi blockage or imbalance can appear as mental symptoms, organ dysfunction, weakness, or pain. When the movement of Qi is harmonized, the body will initiate its innate self healing abilities.

A master of Tui Na has the power to thrust his Qi into his hands and control its discharge from his body. When this practitioner touches your body, you may feel a dry warm hand that elicits a relaxing sensation. In instances of severe illness, the master of Tui Na master can discharge his Qi into important energy meridians of your body to help with the body’s self healing process. Shaking and grasping techniques and other soft tissue methods can be extremely intense and can result in the removal of stagnation within the tissues and in restoring the smooth flow of Qi within the body.

To stimulate the pressure points on the body, acupressure techniques can be used to reset the circulation of Qi along certain meridians or to unblock a certain obstructed acupuncture point. In the US, bone setting procedures are less commonly utilized as it requires a really special skill to adjust bone alignment properly. The techniques to harmonize Qi are designed to relax the body and mind and balance properly the smooth flow of energy within your body. Some of the techniques may by uncomfortable but they produce incredible results that will leave you feeling stronger and very much energized.

Tui Na combined with a wide gamut of manipulation methods can be a perfect plan of treatment for many internal disorders and all types of physical injury. The diagnostic skill and healing skills of a Tui Na master can track down and rectify several diseases using energetic and manual techniques. Acute distress and persistent injuries that don’t seem to go away can be quickly remedied with this type of therapy.

Ni Nan Gilbert is a licensed acupuncturist in Bellmore, NY with certification in Chinese Herbology and over 16 years experience in traditional Chinese medicine.