Asian Body Works Therapy (Tuina)
Asian Body Works Therapy referred to as Tuina in Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used in China for 2,000 years. It uses the medical theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine which manipulates the flow of Qi through the meridians as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques, it reestablishes a harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, allowing the body to naturally heal itself.
Tuina methods include the use of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi, and manipulation techniques to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships. External herbal poultices, compresses, liniments, salves and heat are also used to enhance the therapeutic effect.
In a Tuina session the patient typically remains fully clothed and lies on a table or may sit up in a chair. The practitioner will examine the patient for specific problems and apply specific treatment protocols. The major focus of application is upon specific pain sites, acupressure points, energy meridians, and muscles and joints.
Benefits, Limitations, Contraindications
Tuina is well suited for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, chronic stress-related disorders of the digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems. Tuina is not useful for those seeking a mild, sedating and relaxing massage since it is more pathology or task focused than other types of bodywork.
Contraindications include conditions involving fractures, phlebitis, infectious conditions, open wounds, and lesions.