What is Tui Na?

Tui Na is hands-on Traditional Chinese Medicine.
In China it ranks equally with acupuncture, herbal medicine and Qigong. It has been tried and tested for over 4,000 years and is still regularly used by over one fifth of the World’s population. It is part of the second largest medical system in the World.

Tui Na is based on the same Chinese medical theory as acupuncture
Tui Na together with its off shoot Shiatsu are the only forms of bodywork that have a complex underlying theory which is the same as that for acupuncture. Tui Na means to “push and grasp”. Done correctly, Tui Na Chinese massage techniques stimulate the flow of the body’s vital energies which the Chinese call Qi (pronounced “chee”). Tui Na does this by intensely stimulating combinations of acupuncture points on the meridians to both strengthen the body’s energies and stimultaneously remove any blockages. This is unique to Tui Na. Maria Mercati©

Authentic Tui Na is always performed through clothing, never with oil on an unclothed body.

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Tui Na Chinese Massage

“The uniqueness of Tui Na is in its ability to stimulate the meridians and acupuncture points with a very diverse variety of techniques.
Tui Na is not acupressure, though acupressure is one of the Tui Na therapeutic techniques.” by Maria Mercati

“Tui Na, working as it does on the most fundamental energies of the body, treats all those conditions that in the West would be treated by osteopathy, chiropractic and physiotherapy plus many others that would require drug therapy.

It excels in the treatment of chronic pain, particularly that associated with the musculo skeletal system such as neck, shoulders and back pain, sciatica, “tennis and golfer’s elbow” and “frozen shoulder”.

As a treatment for sports injuries it is unsurpassed. Add to this list headaches, constipation, IBS, insomnia and many other chronic conditions.” From an Article written for “Qigong Magazine” – by Maria Mercati©

Bodyharmonics offers Tui Na Chinese massage training courses
at Foundation and Masters Level.

“After now having 10 years of clinical practice since learning from Maria at the Bodyharmonics Centre, I can without a doubt confirm that the standard of the courses that are offered at the Centre are second to none. Nobody has done more to bring this amazing skill to the western world.  Over the years now, more people have started teaching Tui Na courses. But none of these courses even come close to the standard of the courses taught on the Bodyharmonics syllabus.  Maria has developed courses that give you the Lion’s share of skills taught in China, but with much more.  Read more….”

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What is the difference between Tui Na and Shiatsu?
Both therapies are based on the same traditional Chinese medical theory.   Read more

What is the difference between Tui Na and Acupressure?
Tui Na uses pressure with movement, Acupressure uses static pressure. Read more…

What is the difference between Tui Na and Western Sports Massage?
For the Chinese athletes Tui Na is available to boost performance and treat injuries without needing Western treatments such as physiotherapy, osteopathy and sports massage, none of which are used. Read more…

What is the difference between Tui Na & Osteopathy?
In China Tui Na is the universal hands on therapy for treating all the conditions that in the UK would be treated by a Chiropractor, Osteopath or Physiotherapist Read more…

What is the difference between Thai massage and Tui Na?
Thai massage is performed on the floor on the clothed body with the recipient lying or sitting and requires no special equipment other than a thick blanket. Tui Na is done on a massage couch on the clotherd body or with the patient seated on an ordinary chair. Read more…..