Tui Na: An Exploration with Dr. Jonathan Wheeler

What is Tui Na?

Tui na (pronounced “twee naw”), is a form of massage in Traditional Chinese Medicine that encompasses techniques such as rubbing, kneading, and pinching. Tui Na is an ancient form of Chinese physical therapy that is approximately 2,000 years old.

Tui Na is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is part of the formal training in TCM schools. This modality uses traction, massage and manipulation in conjunction with the stimulation of acupressure points.

It uses traction, massage, and manipulation in conjunction with the stimulation of acupressure points. It provides stress relief, and treats (or complements) many conditions, including musculoskeletal disorders and chronic stress-related disorders of the digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems. It is not generally used for relaxation, but as a treatment to address specific patterns of disharmony.

To understand more about this treatment modality, join us in a conversation/demonstration with Jonathan Wheeler who will explain how this treatment helps create harmony in the body and how it’s taught in our degree programs at ACTCM!

The name combines the names of two of the hand techniques, “Tui” meaning “to push” and “Na” meaning “to lift and squeeze.”

With more than 365 hand techniques available, treatments can range from those that are light and soothing to those that are strong and invigorating. By pressing, tapping, and kneading with palms, fingertips, knuckles or other implements, Tui Na therapists are able to remove energy blockages along the body’s meridians and restore balance in the body in order to promote self-healing. This modality relieves pain, stimulates the immune system, Qi, blood and lymphatic flow, and generates a deep sense of harmony and relaxation in the patient.

In ancient China, medical therapy was often classified into “external” and “internal” treatments. Tui Na was one of the external methods, especially suitable for use on the elderly population and on infants. Today it is subdivided into specialized treatment for infants, adults, orthopedics, traumatology, cosmetology, rehabilitation, sports medicine, etc.

ACTCM Clinic Treatment Pricing

Asian Massage/Bodywork Therapy
Tui na & Shiatsu: $45 for 30min/$80 for 60min


tui na, jonathan wheelerAbout Speaker, Dr. Jonathan Wheeler:

MSTCM, CMT, LAc: American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1999; Licensed Acupuncturist in California, 2000; Diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology NCCAOM. Current positions: private practice, Wu’s Healing Center, San Francisco, CA. Adjunct: Meridians and Points II and III, Points Review Lab, clinic supervisor.

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