Chinese massage techniques are widely popular in the field of physiotherapy and medical science. Particularly because of the countless benefits they have to offer. These massages can alleviate pain, provide relief from inflammation and more importantly make you feel refreshed and energized. Among the tens of such techniques we know of, Tuina (tui-na) currently stands as one of the most prominent.
Having originated in Ancient China, Tuina is largely characterized as the traditional system of bodywork. Although appearing to be more or less similar to acupuncture, Tuina is, in fact, a bit different. The massage technique generally targets acupuncture points with the use of hands as opposed to needles. The main goal is to stimulate the flow of qi, known as the “vital energy” of the body.
How this massage really works will be explained in detail later. What is even more pertinent to consider are the numerous health benefits that tag along.
Having said that let us dwell into a deeper discussion about Tuina.
How Tuina works?
If you happen to be somewhat interested in Chinese philosophy, you will find explicit mention of Tuina. That is because the technique, apart from providing benefits to the body, has deeper components to its name. The principles also account for the emotional and physical aspects of a person that is innately responsible for well-being.
That being said Tuina works by improving the flow of Qi thereby creating harmony and balance in the body. By doing so, practitioners of the technique believe that all types of disturbances that are responsible for pains and illnesses as well as emotional issues are overcome. In other words, once the flow of Qi is corrected, the body is able to revive better blood circulation. This subsequently makes the person feel emotionally and physically fit.
Tuina can either be a gentle revitalizing massage or a deep-tissue energetic one ultimately depending upon the force exerted. Once the practice underway, the practitioner will make use of varied oscillating pressure techniques creating different levels of sensations.
In the usual case, the expert will massage the muscles and the tendons area to induce better alignment of the body. It is followed by a passive movement of the joints for smoother functioning. Additionally, practitioners of Tuina will also adopt the one-finger technique to stimulate the acupoints.
What are the benefits?
Now comes the important part: what are the potential benefits of Tuina? Although research is ongoing to explore the advantages of the technique in depth, some of them are well known and supported by empirical evidence.
A person undergoing Tuina can possibly yield the following benefits.
Improves blood circulation: One of the foremost goals of the technique is to boost blood circulation. Studies have proved Tuina to do exactly where it is able to regulate circulation by stimulating the energy flow of the body.
Provides relief from a variety of pain: People who underwent Tuina will tell you that it is a great way of getting rid of pains and aches. The massage is one viable way of getting rid of the neck as well as lower back pain.
Can be a mood booster: Finally, as part of the main principles, the technique is recommended for people suffering from depression. It does so by increasing the secretion of serotonin in the brain.