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Tuina Massage

Tuina massage for specific health problems is based on a full case history using the four examinations to identify a complaint, an underlying pattern and treatment principles. This completely logical analysis is what gives the Tuina its power and raises it above other systems of massage. Based on the treatment principles, specific techniques are combined to treat the presenting complaint and underlying pattern. Techniques are at the heart of any system of bodywork. They are what define its feel and therapeutic qualities. Most textbooks on Chinese Massage list between 30 and 70 shou fa or hand techniques. These cover not only a range of soft issue techniques, but also many percussion and joint manipulation methods. The massage therapist can apply hand techniques to particular areas, channels, or acupoints, achieving similar results to acupuncture needles. Equally important is the way the techniques are carried out. Chinese sources say that the hand technique must be gentle and soft yet deep and penetrating. The strokes must be applied rhythmically and persistently. The controlled use of very deep, moving pressure is one of the secrets of Tuina massage. A Tuina therapist might spend the same time on one frozen shoulder as a western masseur would spend on an entire body treatment. The repeated application of a single technique many hundreds of times with deep penetration and qi communication is often termed "finger meditation."

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