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ORIENTAL HEALING ARTS
Tui Na (pronounced 'twee-
Tui Na treats chronic pain, especially that caused by muscle-
Tui Na is applied to the clothed body, often through a cotton sheet. Tui Na practitioners utilise a wide range of techniques to knead, roll, press, stretch and rub the body to activate the flow of Qi and restore harmony. Occasionally, medicated oils or balms may be used to help invigorate the blood and to soothe the muscles and tendons. These oils and balms can also offer temporary pain relief.
The practitioner examines the specific ailments of the client and applies a tailored treatment. The focus of application is upon pain sites, acupressure points, energy meridians, and muscles and joints.
When muscles contract, they can compress the vessels preventing a sufficient supply of blood. This then causes the muscles to become under nourished, which will lead to more tension and further problems. Tui Na is used to return and maintain stability to the muscles, thus creating a balance between strength and relaxation. Once the muscles and tissues achieve this balance, energy (qi) and blood can move freely throughout the body. When Qi flow is disturbed, the imbalance that results can cause pain, stiffness, sickness -