Tuina (“twee-na”) is one of the ancient healing arts of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) along with acupuncture and herbal medicine.
Tuina literally means “push” and “grasp” and, as practised in China, treats conditions that in the West would require an osteopath, chiropractor, physiotherapist or sports therapist. It is said to be more effective than any one of these since it works not only on the muscles and joints but also at a deeper level, affecting the flow of vital energy in the body which, in Chinese theory is called Qi (“chee”).
Tuina applies pressure to the meridians and to specific points on them, affecting the flow of Qi so that it moves freely and evenly through the body. It is performed on a fully clothed body and it is recommended that the client wears loose, comfortable clothing.