A type of bodywork originating in Asia, tui na is a therapeutic style of bodywork and is intended to facilitate pain reduction, improve range of motion and mobility. Tui na uses a variety of techniques and movements to correct structural and energetic imbalances. Some of the techniques utilized during a treatment might sound a little unusual like kneading, rolling or shaking, almost like someone is trying to make bread. On the other hand, other techniques are more familiar like stretching and pressing. The stretching in tui na aids the body in movement, focusing on opening the body’s energetic and structural pathways. In this way acupuncture and tui na are very similar in how they view body and how the body should be treated, that is why the combination of the two modalities is so powerful. In the end, the real benefit of tui na comes from the movement it creates. Tui na facilitates the healthy movement of muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. Its goal is to bring the body back into balance through physical movement. Bodywork is a great addition to an acupuncture treatment or can be the sole treatment modality.
Dr. Derek Kirkham, DAOM, MS, EAMP, LAc is an Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural health Center.