Massage Therapy & Bodywork
At the Acupuncture Sanctuary, we often add some aspect of bodywork into your treatment. The bodywork used within the Chinese Medical framework is called Tuina. Please see an in-depth description of Tuina below. Having taken extensive training in Tuina with an internship at the Beijing Massage hospital I would say Tuina is the foundation of my bodywork. Having said that due to my continuing drive for understanding this process I also have trained in Sports massage, myofascial and neuromuscular therapy, and put these all together to achieve the best results for your given situation.
Tuina – pronounced TWEE-NAH
WHAT IS TUINA?
Tuinaology is an important modality of Chinese Medicine. The other two being Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. It is the study of Chinese clinical techniques that prevent and treat disease manually. Literally Tui and Na mean ‘pushing’ and ‘holding/grasping’. In ancient times it was also known by the terms Anqiao, Anfu, Anmo. Currently, it is best known as Tuina (pronounced TWEE-NAH) and Anmo.
HISTORICALLY – FIRST WRITTEN ABOUT 2000 YEARS AGO
It was during the period of the Qin and Han dynasties (221 B.C.E. ~ 200A.D.) in China that the first book specializing in Tuina was compiled, the Huang Di Qi Bo Shi Juan – Ten Volumes of Huang Di and Qi Bo on Massage. In the Sui dynasty (581 ~ 618A.D.) the title of Doctor of Tuina was first formed and by the time of the Tang dynasty (618 ~ 907 A.D.) Anmo therapy also spread to Japan, Korea and India.
WHAT DOES TUINA DO?
From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, Tuina therapy acts to keep balance between Yin and Yang, dredge the channels and collaterals, regulate the Zang-Fu (internal organs), restore and treat injured soft tissue and lubricate the joints.
A MODERN PERSPECTIVE
Modern research has demonstrated an array of biomedical benefits to the body. Through the hands-on application of heat during the treatment and through stretching and movement Tuina is an effective therapy for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders including neck, shoulder and back pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, immobility and sciatica.
IMPROVES CIRCULATION IN THE CARDIOVASCULAR AND RESPIRATORY SYSTEMS
Tuina is also of benefit for other body systems. By increasing the blood circulation throughout the body capillaries enlarge promoting micro-circulation, restoring the elasticity of capillary walls and decreasing the viscosity of blood. Tuina therapy can promote the ventilation of the respiratory tract increasing the vital capacity of the lungs and their physiological function, together with improving the blood and oxygen supply to the heart and brain.
NORMALIZES THE NERVOUS AND ENDOCRINE SYSTEMS
By stimulating the body surface during Tuina therapy nerve impulses are also stimulated. These impulses are transmitted to the hypothalamus regulating the endocrine system. This stimulation can also regulate the functions of the central and peripheral nervous system systems. For example, gentle manual techniques can decrease the excitability of the sympathetic nerves and synchronize the electric activities of the cerebral cortex in order to achieve relaxation. Meanwhile strong techniques can increase their excitability.
HOW TUINA WORKS ON MUSCLES?
Tuina works close to the bone at the muscle attachments. It is at these sites that cells are stimulated to promote regeneration of muscle and bone. Its effects on the muscular system include increasing the metabolic rate of cellular tissue releasing spasms and pain. Through the relaxation of muscles, anatomic malpositions can be corrected, tissue adhesions loosened, joint synovial fluid increased and nutrition of cartilage improved.
IMPROVES LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
Tuina therapy can also increase the blood and lymphatic return, reducing inflammation, improving tissue repair and restoring motor function.
Tuina therapy can eliminate ageing epithelial cells by promoting the blood circulation through the skin, increasing sweat and sebaceous gland secretion and improves the general elasticity of the skin.
MORE THAN JUST A MASSAGE
All the above demonstrate that Tuina is not just a therapy that solely deals with the musculoskeletal system but works on many other aspects of the body making it a very effective therapy in the prevention and treatment of disease.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A SESSION
Your session will begin by filling out a medical history form before discussing your expectations. Some time is also taken to take your pulse and look at your tongue, an integral part of Chinese Medicine Diagnosis. This way every treatment is tailored to your specific needs and may vary from session to session. Sessions last an hour.
If you have had an injury that is covered by ACC you are entitled to Tuina therapy as part of your rehabilitation alongside Acupuncture. All you need is your ACC claim number.