Saturday, May 8, 2010

Tuina - Traditional Chinese Bodywork

Tuina is a form of therapy that has been used in China for over 2,000 years. It uses traditional Chinese medical theory which is closely related to Acupuncture. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques, Tuina seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals; allowing the body to heal itself naturally.

Tuina methods include the use of over 50 different kinds of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body. It also uses Acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi, as well as a technique called Ligament-Relationship (bone-setting). It is an effective and comprehensive therapy and is regarded alongside Chinese herbs and Qi Gong diet as one of the fundamental arts.

The Chinese Tuina therapy system involves the running of fingers over bloodlines or muscles and provides healing for a wide range of diseases. It is well suited for the treatment of specific musculoskeletal disorders and chronic stress-related disorders of the digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems, as well as providing stroke support.

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