The origins of Tui Na Massage can be traced back to 225 B.C., written about in The Yellow Emperor’s Classic on Internal Medicine, a classic text that discusses Chinese Medicine. Tui Na is sometimes referred to as Tui Na An Mo, which means “Push Grasp Press Rub.” It is also sometimes referred to as Chinese meridian or qigong massage.
Although practiced throughout the world, many people have never heard of Tui Na (Tway-Nah). It is an irony that one of the oldest forms of massage is currently one the most obscure. This modern art, from the ancient world is based on the same traditional medical philosophy as acupuncture. Acupuncturists use small needles inserted into acu-cavities found along the body’s vital energetic pathways (meridians) to balance the body’s Qi. Qi is the body’s vital energy. When the Qi is flowing freely through the body, the body is healthy and when it is not flowing freely dysfunction may occur. Tui Na uses a variety of hand techniques instead of needles to balance the body’s Qi and restore proper function. ~ White Raven Internal Arts, LLC
This classic form of Chinese acupressure / massage seeks to establish a harmonious flow of qi and blood in your body, allowing the body to heal itself naturally. This incredible massage modality is done on a massage table like regular oil massage, but with the advantage of not requiring oil for the work. Clients wear loose, comfortable clothing to receive this fun, therapeutic, invigorating and yet deeply relaxingBodywork.
The various Tui Na Massage techniques include brushing, grasping, pressing, kneading, and stretching. Again, these and other various hand techniques are used along muscle groups, meridians, and acupressure cavities to stimulate acu-points and meridians that will stimulate the muscle, circulation, and qi flow. The amount of pressure used can vary from moderate to deep depending on the client’s preference and response to the body therapy. It can alleviate pain, stiffness, headaches, constipation, and other neuromuscular imbalances.
Students of Tui Na are taught more than just hand techniques and Asian theory. Tai Chi Qigong exercises are included as part of the training. Tai Chi Qigong exercises help students build stamina, proficiency in the manipulation skills, suppleness, and a good grasp of ones qi senses.
In the Tui Na program offered at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, students learn the ancient approach of looking at and treating illness and dis-ease in a holistic way. Once successfully completed, students are awarded a Certificate of Excellence showing completion of 200 hours of specialization in the field of Tui Na.
Guest Authored By: T. J. Fritz, LMT, Acupressure Practitioner, Tai Chi Instructor:
T.J. Fritz first began his study of the human health in 1988 at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania studying sports medicine, physical education, and health sciences. He has earned diplomas in Acupressure, Sports Acupressure, and Advanced Acupressure from the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, CA. Along with his hands-on bodywork, T.J. is also an accredited Tai Chi instructor. Since 2002 T.J. has enjoyed teaching anatomy, physiology, Asian theory, tui na, Swedish massage and deep tissue therapies to future bodywork professionals. His private practice includes massage, tui na, acupressure, jin shin acupressure, acu-oil massage, therapeutic stretching, connective tissue release, and tai chi instruction.
If you want a closer, sneak peak at Tui Na and many other massage possibilities, as applied into a career or as a part-time job for extra income, we invite you to the MASSAGE CAREER EXPO 2012 on August 10, 2012 held at SWIHA, 1100 E. Apache Blvd. Tempe, AZ 85281. This event is complimentary and open to the public!