Acupressure Massage or Tui Na is an ancient massage technique base on manipulating the Qi of the body by using specific hand techniques on specific pressure points.
Tui Na, which translates as “push and grasp” is a style of medial massage within Traditional Chines Medicine (TCM). . Techniques include: brush, knead, roll/press, and rub the areas between each of the joints, known as the eight gates, to attempt to stimulate the body’s defensive (wei) Qi and allow the natural healing forces of the body to operate restoring the balance of body, mind and spirit.
Through the use of motion, traction, and massage to stimulate the acupressure points and meridians Tui Na is able to aid in the treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions. Tui Na is an integral part of TCM and is taught in TCM schools throughout the world as part of formal training in Oriental medicine.
Like acupuncture Tui Na is used extensively in hospitals throughout China in the treatment of muscular-skeletal conditions and chronic pain and other none related conditions.
Tui Na can be performed fully clothed and without oil, although for some conditions such as lower back, shoulder and neck pain it is often useful to be able to use some oil.
The side effect so Tui Na are generally limited to a little light headedness and possibly some ache around the area massaged depending on the depth of treatment.