Tui na (‘push-pull’) is one of the branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) along with Acupuncture, Herbal medicine and Qi gong. It is a form of medical massage based around the acupuncture points and meridians. Tui na practitioners need to have a thorough understanding of TCM principles in order to make an accurate diagnosis.
Tui na is becoming increasingly popular in the UK. All hospitals in China have a Tui na department and the therapy is seen to be on the same level as acupuncture.
A Tui na treatment typically happens whilst the person is still clothed. Skilled Tui na practitioners utilise a wide range of techniques to knead, roll, press and rub the body which activates the flow of Qi and restores harmony. The technique dates back over 2,000 years and is used extensively in China to treat internal conditions as well as musculoskeletal issues.
There are different forms of Tui na and you will be taught softer Yin styles and firmer Yang styles of treatment. You will also undertake Qi gong training to build your own personal energies.
Additional skills can be used in conjunction with Tui na such as cupping and Gua sha, but unlike acupuncture the skin is not pierced. This means it can be used in any setting and is suitable for any age, from infants to the elderly.
When studying Tui na, it is only through supervised clinical experience that you can really get to understand how to use the various techniques. Without supervised clinical experience it is impossible to gain a deeper understanding of how to treat complex conditions.
“Attending City College of Acupuncture to study Tui na was one of the best decisions I have made to further my knowledge in Chinese medicine since qualifying as an acupuncturist. Learning Tui na has added a new dimension to my treatments which has been well received by my patients. The teaching on the course is excellent and the classroom facilities are good. The lecturers are all experienced practitioners and are passionate about the subject bringing their own unique perspective on how to integrate Tui Na into an existing acupuncture clinic. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
Tina, CCA Tui na graduate