An ancient form of Chinese massage technique, Tui Na has been around for many centuries, yet it is only recently that the Western world have started to appreciate and discover the many wonderful benefits it brings. Though Tui Na is mostly likened to the common acupressure massage or is even believed to have many similarities with the Swedish massage, this technique is actually so much apart than the other forms of bodywork, both in technique and in principles. Centered on the belief of Qi and the five universal elements, where each element is said to be connected to a certain body organ, people who practice Tui Na believes that any imbalance of the energy and elements would cause body pains and certain discomforts.
Since Tui Na could be performed in a variety of ways, it could also be suitable for many people with varying preference in terms of massage approach, as well as the different conditions they might have. Since it embodies the principles of balancing the Yin and Yang, Tui Na itself could also be performed both ways. Yin style Tui Na mostly involve rolling strokes and gentler touch. Performed to regulate the flow of Qi (vital energy), the rolling movements increases blood flow and is known to be effective in dealing with sprains, strains, joint pains, hypertension, insomnia, headache and general body pains. If you want a massage that will calm and relax your senses, the Yin Tui Na might be what you need.
Yang style Tui Na is more of a deep-tissue massage and involves the use of fingers to deliver pressure on the body’s energy points. This technique combines the effect of the massage and acupuncture and is known to benefit those who have stressed, tense and very tired muscles. Like the Yin approach, it aims to stimulate the flow of the body’s vital energy, and the pressure it brings on the body’s certain points unblocks lodged energy known to be the source of body pains and discomforts.
Combining the two methods in one session is also a good way to balance your body’s systems and have relief from tensions and pains while feeling relaxed at the same time. Though Yang Tui Na is a deep-tissue massage, it is not painful in any way. If you are curious about which Tui Na massage is right for you, your can consult your therapist so he can help determine what your body needs the most.