Often used in conjunction with acupuncture and Chinese herbalism, Tui Na (“push and grasp”) Chinese massage therapy is a form of acupressure massage, and an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), originating in the Shang Dynasty, around 1700 B.C.
Tui Na or Tuina massage can improve blood circulation, increase range of motion and is effective in nerve regulation. Tui Na massage plays a role in rehabilitation and is effective in the treatment of muscles, tendons and ligaments.
A hospital survey co-sponsored by the American Massage Therapy Association found that 70 percent of hospitals offering complementary and alternative medicine therapies among their health care modalities utilized massage therapy for rehabilitation and pain management.
Tui Na incorporates acupressure massage to bring the body into balance, removes obstructions in energy pathways and promotes an increase in the body’s vital energy. Similar to principles of acupuncture, Tui Na focuses on specific acupressure points, energy trigger points and muscles and joints surrounding the affected area.
Conditions Tui Na effectively treats include: Musculoskeletal disorders, joint displacement, respiratory ailments, internal disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, shoulder and back pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fibromyalgia, among others.
Tui Na’s focus on specific ailments, rather than a more generalized treatment, makes it an ideal alternative to Swedish and other traditional western massage methods.
Acupuncture and Massage College Oriental Medicine program trains students to enable them to practice as primary health care providers. Students complete courses in Tui Na, acupuncture, herbology, and Chinese medicine.
Oriental Medicine program graduates receive a Master’s of Oriental Medicine degree that prepares them for a successful career in acupuncture and Oriental medicine upon graduating.
For information about Acupuncture & Massage College Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. You can also request a catalog here.