TCM theory holds that many health problems result from blockages in these vital substances, leading to pain, swelling, and other symptoms. Any method applied to remove the blockage and re-establish the proper functioning of the body can be considered therapeutic. Tuina, also has been used holistically to treat the mind through the body and vice versa. By receiving this treatment people get a deeper sense of physical and mental relaxation, revitalization and well-being. The general benefit of Tuina is to bring a person’s awareness back to his or her own body. This is a feeling of what’s going on within the body – Chinese medicine calls it “feeling of Qi flowing within the body”. Obtaining this feeling people gain access to the first essential step toward healing process.
Tuina massage is a different kind of therapy for conditions usually treated by osteopathy, chiropractic, physiotherapy, or sports therapy in the West, because it works at a deep level, reversing conditions that result from disordered flow of vital life energy in the body, rather than on the muscles and joints. Tuina works on the energy channels and points, using the same principles as acupuncture, only with the hands and fingers instead of needles. Like acupuncture in Westmont, Tuina requires sound mastery of skills to obtain an ideal clinical effect. A Tuina practitioner applies a great variety of techniques such as soft or hard, slow or fast, superficial or deep, general or more precise, etc. to promote the balance and harmony between Qi (energy) and vital substances to the health of a person’s body and mind.
Tuina, long classified as a kind of massage therapy, has been widely practiced in China as a special solution to various conditions including those serious ones and is especially appropriate for its holistic therapeutic purposes. Today Tuina therapy, viewed as one of the three ancient healing arts (acupuncture and herbal formulas are the other two), remains one of the favorite therapies of Traditional Chinese Medicine available in hospitals and clinics throughout the country. People put their health in the good hands of skilled Tuina practitioners because they trust Tuina as a recognized form of medical treatment for a wide range of health problems.