If you’ve never heard of Tuina (推拿) before, get ready because this is the Chinese massage that is taking over the massage world by storm.
Tuina is the oldest form of bodywork therapy that is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Tuina focuses on the flow of qi energy, which is the vital life force of the body. TCM believes that any qi imbalances or blockages can cause pain and illness within the body.
‘Tui’ means push, and ‘Na’ means pull, and that is the action of the basic of Tuina therapy. Unlike normal massages, Tuina is intended to be invigorating with a medical edge rather than a relaxing massage. It has similar techniques to the Swedish message and uses kneading, rocking, pulling, and rolling motions.