Tui Na massage: what it is, benefits and contraindications

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The Chinese massage Tui Na (from “tuī”, to push, and “na”, to grasp) is one of the first techniques to cure many diseases. Here's who can do it and who can't

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Un natural remedy to relax and give your body a boost of well-being? You may be looking for it in traditional Chinese medicine. Among its many facets, the Tui na, a type of millennial massage that could put you at peace with the world.

Il Tui Na (from "tuī", to push, and "na", to grasp) is counted among the first techniques for treating diseases: many, in fact, think that the story of Tui Na is the history of the art of massage, also used by Bian Que, physician inventor of the clinical diagnostic method, who used it for the purpose of treat certain pathologies, as a means of reactivating individual resources and speeding up the healing process.

Tui Na, therefore, rests on the same theoretical basis as its other practices (acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, medical dietetics, Qi Gong and complementary techniques), but can be considered a discipline in its own right: those who practice it, in fact, act on the organism through the activation of the so-called "Defensive Energy" (WEI QI) and natural homeostatic resources. It works precisely on those meridians that put in external contact with internal, manipulating and stimulating the skin as the most superficial layer of the body and thus re-establishing a harmonious flow of both blood and vital energy.

What does the massage consist of? - In practice, the massage consists of a series of joint manipulations and muscle strains that make it dynamic, always "personalized" and in accordance with the "energy evaluation" that is done first on the patient. Includes muscle massage techniques, techniques of traction and mobilization on the vertebrae and joints, acupressure on the energy points and movements of pressure, friction, "rolling" and "kneading".

When to do it - Thanks to yours influence on the microcirculation of the blood and lymphatic system, is able to accelerate the healing processes of trauma, sprains and bruises and, since the nervous system regulates the microcirculation of the organs and is in turn connected to the skin, massaging certain areas can indirectly regulate the circulation of certain organs interior.


This is why Tui Na is capable of improve circulation, joint function and muscle relaxation. Tui Na can be used in case of pain, contracture and stiffness of the muscles and joints, headache, neck pain, back pain and low back pain, abdominal swelling, chest tightness or irregular periods. It also appears to be effective against sleep disorders, anxiety, stress and depression. Tui Na generally improves lymphatic, blood and energy circulation and helps strengthen the body's immune defenses.

When not to do it - It is better not to practice the Tui Na massage in cases of severe heart or liver disease, in case of advanced pregnancy or at risk of gastric or intestinal perforation. Finally, even debilitated elderly subjects, those who have infectious diseases and injuries of the spine or spinal cord cannot practice it.


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