Tui Na / An Mo . . . and why you may choose it as the therapy for you.

History and perspective

Tui Na (pronounced twee-naar) and An Mo are ancient Chinese systems of massage. An Mo was the primary term used but as it developed it became more widely known as Tui Na. Existing for thousands of years it has developed into a highly sophisticated system for treating an individual. Incorporating techniques that can be used alone or combined it gives an almost unlimited tool-kit when treating any condition.

What happens in your Treatment?

Firstly you will be asked some specific questions about why you have come for treatment and any relevant medical history will be recorded. Tui Na/An Mo practitioners treat the individual not just the ailment or illness and as such it is usual for the questioning to take in some more general information as well.
After the questioning you may be asked to stand or perform some basic movements which will allow the practitioner to assess your posture, balance and range of movements. The reason you are seeking treatment will dictate whether the massage is to be given whilst seated or lying down.

The massage

Generally the massage is performed fully clothed with a cotton sheet placed over the body. This allows the techniques to be formed without the use of massage oils as the sheet prevents friction. The exception to this is when oils or lotions are recommended for their therapeutic effect. (Historically and even today Tui Na in China is performed at times through three layers of clothing as the bitter cold means that patients are not willing to remove the layers but the therapeutic benefit is still felt.) The sinew meridians are the primary area that are being worked on which exist at a superficial level compared to the primary meridians used by acupuncture.
To start the practitioner opens up the most superficial level, then moves down to the secondary level before addressing the deep level. At any time it may be necessary to focus in one particular level where the ailment or illness is lodged.

What can Tui Na/ An Mo be used for?

Tui Na/An Mo can be applied for stress/tension, muscular pain, back ache, sciatica, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, IBS, period pains, circulation problems and much more. Shorter treatment protocols have been developed for specific outcomes or ailments such as facial massage for rejuvenation or massage for the relief of headaches and migraines.

If you think Tui Na might benefit you or you just want to experience this unique therapy call to book an appointment now.