Chinese massage Tui Na: technique, benefits and contraindications

Chinese massage Tui Na: technique, benefits and contraindications

The TuiNa, a technique that comes from the East and that through the energy paths is able to strengthen the body’s defenses, anti-inflammatory and rebalance the psycho-physical state


With TuiNa we enter by right into the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine . Defining it as a massage is really an understatement, but the term “massage” is a convention that we will sometimes also use here to describe this complex practice that boasts ancient origins.
Tui Na technique
The session
When to resort to Tui Na

Benefits and contraindications 

Those who can practice TuiNa have a great theoretical preparation, a knowledge of the meridian paths , of the human body energies and of ascending and descending flows, anatomy and physiology.

He must be able to listen to the body with eyes, ears, smell and hands and must be humanly predisposed to use this discipline: what does it mean? As with Shiatsu , the TuiNa practitioner must be centered, balanced, empathetic.


The Tui Na technique

It is difficult to fully explain what the TuiNa technique consists of. In summary, we can list some of the ingredients of this practice:

  • Handling;
  • mobilization;
  • traction;
  • stimulation of the acupoints .

The stimulation will take place with  manual actions such as rubbing, pressure, percussion.  We are therefore faced with a dynamic and not at all static practice, where hands, fingers, forearm and elbow can become work tools for the operator.

Before proceeding with the treatment it is important to ” read ” the patient, through a very technical energy anamnesis that goes from:

  • Observation of the constitution, the color, the gaze, other physical signs.
  • Auscultation, palpation, interview.
  • Analysis of the data collected according to the basic rules of yin-yang balance, internal-external, empty-full, cold-heat.


The seat

The tools of the operator Tui Na are the fingers, hands and elbows that are used in a slow, gentle and light “push-grab” rhythm, in a set of maneuvers that involve over forty different types of mobilizations to rebalance the “Qi” “ , the vital energy.

When to resort to TuiNa?

  • States of general malaise;
  • physical and mental fatigue;
  • conditions of anxiety and depression;
  • muscle contractures;
  • joint inflammation;
  • sleep disorders;
  • digestive difficulties;
  • weakness of the immune system.

This practice has also been introduced in some oncological wards, to support the cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy, to support their energy well-being, to mitigate the side effects of such invasive therapies and to speed up recovery times. The responses were encouraging.

There is also the pediatric TuiNa, just to corroborate the benefits of this technique without unwanted side effects, which can be applied to children over 7/8 years to correct imbalances that can lead to developmental delays, inappetence, fatigue, restlessness. , gas colic, asthma, skin disorders.


Benefits and contraindications of Tui Na

It is a practice that primarily aims at the functional psycho-physical and energetic balance of the person.
It comes to “touch” organs and viscera through the meridians, harmonizing their energy and essence.

It strengthens the immune system , freeing the circulation of Qi (Energy) and Xue (blood) to protect the whole organism.
Disinflames organs and tissues.

Chinese Tui Na massage relaxes muscles , improves bone and joint performance, benefits the cardiovascular system and lymphatic system, tones the skin, eliminates stress , acts positively on  the nervous / mental system , prevents worsening or the prolongation of anxiety states . 

It is better to avoid undergoing a session of Tui Na in the hours before meals, on a too full stomach  , if you have taken alcohol or if the level of tiredness reached is excessive. 



According to Chinese medicine, the health of the individual is the result of the energy balance between Yin and Yang, between Qi and Blood , between Organs and Viscera .

This balance is achieved with the help of the system of main and secondary meridians (energy channels), which connect the inside, of a Yin nature, with the outside, of a Yang nature .

Through the existing connections between the skin and the meridian system , the massage can also have an effect on the internal organs and go to work for a general energetic rebalancing. 

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