Understanding Tui Na (Chinese Massage)

with Tim Wright of Gower Acupuncture (Swansea)


Tui na is a form of massage that pre-dates acupuncture. Earliest evidence of its practice dates back some 3,000 years. Bay TemplateIt is considered one of the four main pillars of Chinese medicine, the other three being Acupuncture, Qi Gong (the healing art branch of Kung Fu) and Chinese Herbs.

It is widely used in hospitals in China from Beijing to Shanghai to Guangzhou.
Tui na is used to treat everything from internal conditions such as headache and constipation through to releasing tight muscles and sinews.

Anyone who has seen the taiji symbol will be aware of Yin and Yang; Interdependent, yet polar opposites. Yin is soft, restorative, quiet and gentle. Yang is dynamic, hard and forceful. A balanced life needs a balance of both Yin and Yang. Too much Yin and we become too lethargic and lacklustre. Too much Yang and we become hard, aggressive, twitchy and anxious.

Tui na aims to balance these two aspects. As such no two treatments are the same. When treating patients I look for the areas of constriction and tightness and apply more Yang style, forceful techniques. Areas of weakness and flaccidity need a much softer restorative approach.


Here’s a small sample of the things that can be treated with tui na:

Stress & Anxiety: Chronic stress and anxiety, experienced over a long time period can cause muscular tension in the jaw, neck or shoulder. Anxiety and worry can create shallower breathing and tension across the midriff of the body into the ribs.

Headaches & Facial Pain: Pain in the head and face can sometimes be traced back to muscle and tissue tightness of either the neck, shoulders or upper back. Regardless of its source most people leading hectic lives can benefit from neck, shoulder and facial tui na.

General tissue tightness: In the name of health, stag-nation is the enemy. Movement is your friend. Manual therapies such as tui na move blood and break down adhesions in body tissue.

If you’d like to talk more about tui na or acupuncture or would like to book an appointment please don’t hesitate to contact me: 07764 254881 or email Tim: tim@goweracupuncture.co.uk



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