If you are unwell or in pain, Chinese massage (known as Tui Na) can bring welcome relief. It is quite simply the most tried and tested massage therapy in the world and can be even more effective when used in combination with acupuncture. For chronic conditions, Chinese herbs should also be included as the third element of treatment.
Tui Na Massage Therapy for Pain
Tui Na is a treatment generally performed on patients fully clothed. It is a Traditional Chinese Medicine form of medical massage focused on returning joints to their normal range of motion and on reducing the pain of dysfunctional joints.
Tui Na is thought to be the oldest system of bodywork practised today. This therapy accomplishes the same results as acupuncture, but without needles, and employs hand techniques, acupressure, range of motion stretches, gua sha, and cupping.
Where necessary, I also use oils, gels, creams and sports massage techniques to release tight fascia, for trigger point therapy or to aid pain relief.
Fully Clothed Massage
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing so I can move your joints through their full range of motion. I may move you into yoga-like stretches as I work on various pressure points.
Tui Na Massage Style
There are as many styles of Tui Na as there are practitioners. I draw on my own experience as a Personal Trainer, Pilates practitioner and Sports Massage Therapist.
I use techniques to relax the nervous system and calm the breath to allow muscles, tendons and joints to reset their natural tension-free state.
Purpose of Tui Na
The unique goal of Tui Na, and what classifies it as medical massage, is that it is aimed specifically at alleviating or relieving a specific ailment and its symptoms. Tui Na does this while working to balance the body and promote lasting health and vitality. Treatment is tailored to each patient according to their particular situation.
The benefits of Tui Na
Tui Na is sometimes called "trauma therapy" because it breaks down scar tissue and adhesions. It relaxes muscles and tendons, and opens circulation for the blood and Qi energy to speed up the healing process.
Using Tui Na to restore structural balance throughout the body both prevents and rehabilitates dysfunction, keeping your body flexible and pain-free.
Realign for Range of Motion
Unlike Western massage systems, Tui Na treats a range of motion and bone alignment conditions. Unlike chiropractic, Tui Na treats the muscular tension surrounding joints and bony structures to avoid the rebound effect often experienced by chiropractic patients.
Release Chronic Pain
Connective tissue called fascia surrounds the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs of the body. Restriction in the fascia caused by trauma, posture, repetitive use, or inflammation can put a great deal of pressure on nerves and muscles, causing chronic pain. With Tui Na myofascial release treatment, we can increase circulation and release tension in the fascia to balance tissue and muscle mechanics for pain management.
Treat the Whole Body
Every treatment can be considered a “whole body” treatment, even when one trouble area is the focus of the session. This means that problems with the emotions, digestion, and even general energy levels can be treated.
Conditions treated with Tui Na
There are many conditions treated with Tui Na massage therapy, including external disorders and internal disease conditions. These include but are not limited to:
- Frozen shoulder syndrome
- Sprains & strains
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
- Myofasical pain disorders
- Neck pain & stiffness
- Tension headaches & migraine
- Sports & martial arts injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
I have practised martial arts in various formats for many years. I have sustained a lot of injuries and seen a lot of therapists.
Jenny is a unique person with an incredible passion and depth of knowledge about the human body. I have come to trust her hands, her mind and her medicine. She is like gold dust! Don't ever retire Jenny.
I have regular Tui Na massage which keeps my muscles loose and flexible and thus I get injured less. When I do get injured, Jenny has helped with Tuina, acupuncture and herbal therapy in various forms.
I also have a monthly acupuncture "tune up" session for mental relaxation. I work in the corporate world and this really helps keeps me balanced and relaxed. I notice that I get more anxious when I can't get in to see her once a month so plan for the next 6 months!
Unfortuantely I also have a long term skin (auto-immune) condition but the Chinese herbs seem to be keeping this under control with a relatively low dose which I am delighted about.
“My lower back has progressively got worse since my second child. Nothing seemed to work despite 2 weekly Chiropractor sessions for a year, drugs and various other professionals. After my first session of Acupuncture with Jenny, the pain lessened considerably – 2 more sessions and it’s gone!
Jenny has a way about her – she made me feel completely at ease and I knew she understood my pain and my situation. I felt safe. I was confident from the first session that she could help me. I now also have a regular Tuina massage with Jenny to keep my back supple and pain free. Tuina is amazing – I wish I had found this style of massage years ago!”
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