Tuina massage

One of the things that annoys me a lot as a student practitioner is that some patients want to have a massage rather than getting acupuncture. For one, acupuncture is much more efficient and works better, so we want them to have acupuncture rather than massage.

It does not mean the massage ( tuina massage) does not work. It does. However, when it comes to efficiency, acupuncture is much better. Another thing, and the biggest thing is that they don’t really know what Chinese tuina massage is and asks to do deep tissue massage.

We don’t really do that. We don’t massage muscles. What we do is massaging the body’s acu points or along the channels. What I mean by channels here is the lines where the energy travels.

When your body is sick, the energy gets stuck and there is no energy flow. When that happens, the diseased area does not get enough energy or blood, and it becomes kind of a vicarious circle. What we do by acupuncture or tuina massage is to get rid of this stagnation and make sure the area has those again. Then the body heals itself. We use massage to do that and not to directly relaxing the muscles. The idea is more holistic and you can’t achieve that by just focussing on the muscles. 

But most patients don’t know this, and asks us to focus on the muscles. That’s annoys me a lot. Well I didn’t know that either before so I can’t really blame them but again I wouldn’t have asked to focus on the muscles…

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