Tui Na is a form of therapeutic or medical massage and one of the four main branches of traditional Chinese medicine; the others being: Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Qi Gong.
Although relatively new to the West, Tui Na has been practiced in China for over 4,000 years and uses the same system of diagnosis and treatment as Acupuncture working on the same channels and points. The treatment is usually performed through clothing, using acupressure, joint manipulation and various lifting, stretching, pushing and pulling massage techniques. Like other forms of massage it can induce relaxation and relieve stress, however, Tui Na is also an extremely effective method of treating specific diseases of an internal nature as well as sports injuries and other muscular skeletal ailments.
One of Tui Na's advantages over simple 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, constipation, headaches (including migraines), and the tension associated with stress.As with other styles of Asian bodywork, Tui Na is designed to prevent problems, not just correct them.
By keeping the body's energy in balance, health is maintained. This is true not just for physical health, but for mental and emotional well-being as well.