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Chinese Massages & Ancient Healing Techniques:

Top 5 Benefits of Tuina (Tui Na) Massage

Posted April 19, 2016 by Carlos Sama, LMT & filed under Alternative Medicine, Massage


Benefits of Tuina MassageA type of massage that is becoming more and more popular for both practitioners and clients is Tui Na massage, or Tuina massage. Pronounced “twee-nah,” Tui Na massage is a modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine that addresses specific patterns of disharmony in the body. Here are five benefits of Tui Na massage people are discovering every day.

Tui Na is a complete system of medicine.

Tui Na, along with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, are the main components of Traditional Chinese Medicine. As such, Tui Na can be used to treat specific areas, or it can be used to improve the overall Qi or energy flow throughout the body. Because Tui Na is a complete system, the treatment often helps both these components at the same time. Tui Na is thought to be the oldest system of bodywork practiced today.

It uses the principles of acupuncture.

Acupuncture involves releasing and connecting energy at 12 specified points throughout the body through the use of tiny needles. Similarly, Tui Na, which means “pushing and grasping,” addresses the same points using manual stimulation. Tui Na rectifies anatomical abnormalities of both inner and outer surfaces by altering the energy levels of the biological system and adjusting the bio-information of the body.

It can be used with acupuncture.

Because it is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine and because it employs the same principles, Tui Na can also be used as a complement to acupuncture treatment. Using both treatment modalities can be an effective approach to working with energy and addressing and restoring its flow.

It relieves a variety of disorders.

Tui Na massage can relieve multiple disorders including insomnia, constipation, headaches, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, premenstrual syndrome, and emotional problems. It can also treat disorders related to digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems. Many people seek the treatment for stiff neck, distension of shoulders, sciatica, and sore back. Tui Na can be used to address both internal diseases and external injuries.

Tui Na massage integrates well and can be used with various modalities.

Tui Na can be used as an integrative treatment with traditional medicine. In addition, it can be used with other forms of alternative medicine, including Shiatsu massage, sports massage, deep-tissue neuromuscular bodywork, and myofacial release.

If you’re suffering from a physical ailment or looking for an alternative, holistic approach to overall wellness, Tui Na massage may be an effective option. Learn more about the health benefits of Tui Na Massage Therapy here.


Picture testimonial is someone who suffered from muscular back pain.


Gua sha is a healing technique of traditional East Asian medicine. Sometimes called ‘coining, spooning or scraping’, Gua sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called ‘sha’ representing extravasation of blood in the subcutis.

Raising sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic in traditional East Asian medicine. Modern research shows the transitory therapeutic petechiae produce an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single Gua sha treatment accounting for the immediate relief that patients feel from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheezing, nausea and vomiting, etc, and why Gua sha is effective in acute and chronic internal organ disorders including liver inflammation in hepatitis.

The technique is applicable in any hands-on therapeutic practice and will be of particular interest to acupuncturists, massage therapists, physical therapists, and any physician or nurse who works directly with patients.

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History of Cupping

Cupping therapy was used in Egypt dating back some 3,500 years, where its use is mentioned in hieroglyphics. Cupping was used extensively by Roman, Celts, Turks, Slavic's, Mayans, Aztecs, Indians and by healers throughout the Far & Middle East. The earliest recorded use of cupping that is from the famous Taoist alchemist and herbalist, Ge Hong (281-341 A.D.), invented well before Acupuncture. Some of the first suction vessels were hollowed out animal horns, used to drain toxins out of bites, pustules and skin lesions from the body. Bones and gourds were also use by ancient healers, and most are still in use today in some non-industrialized societies. Bamboo, earthenware and metal were also used as cupping vessels before the invention of glass.


This traditional therapy is a time-honored treatment that remains favored by millions of people worldwide because it's safe, comfortable and remarkably effective for most health disorders.

Cupping/Negative Pressure Massage, as it suggests, is the combination of negative pressure and massage movements with the use of a suction device. A cup is positioned at the area to be treated and, depending on the type of cups being used; a vacuum is created within the cup to draw the underlying tissue into the cup. The suction level can range from light to heavy, and the movements performed by the therapist can be stimulating or sedating. The produced vacuum creates a suction effect that increases blood circulation to the local area, relaxes muscle tissue and releases a myriad of pain causing factors.

The suction of the cups rapidly facilitates rigid soft tissue release by stretching it up and away from underlying structures, thus loosening areas of adhesion and/or restriction, activating muscle spindle reflexes that relax contractile tissue and help to realign the facial structure.

The body never lies.

~ Martha Graham

The effects are remarkable on stiff and aching muscles and activate the secretion of synovial fluids, which ease joint stiffness in ways not possible using the compression of traditional massage. It concurrently creates localized expansion of tissue, producing a profound vasodilatation reaction - drawing blood flow to areas of ischemic pain, raising skin temperature, promoting metabolism within the skin tissue for better functioning of sweat and sebaceous glands, flushing capillary beds, draining stagnant blood, toxins and lymph, and re-supplying vital nutrients. Further, it stimulates the nervous system reflex to the cerebral cortex, contributing to an increased rate of recovery from pain and disease.

The pulling sensation helps to release muscles and calms the sympathetic nervous system, thus allowing a deep relaxation to move through the whole body. It is not unusual for a patient to fall asleep while being cupped, surprised at how remarkably relaxed and light they feel - hours and even days after the treatment has ended.

Partial list of conditions responding to Cupping Therapy:

Colds & Influenza




Intercostal Neuralgia

Intestinal disorders




Liver disordersGallbladder disorders

Dermatological disorders

Depression, Anxiety

and insomnia

Fibromyalgia & Chronic

Fatigue Syndrome

Musculoskeletal problems:

pain, spasms, cramps,

tightness, numbness,

stiffness of the back and neck

Chronic gastric pain

VertigoHigh blood pressure,

stroke and arteriosclerosis

Bronchial asthma & congestion

Gynecological disorders

Menopausal discomforts

Kidney disorders (including

frequent/urgent urination)

Post-injury trauma

Post-surgery adhesions


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