Tuina ("tway nah",
traditional Chinese massage) creates space in the body, between bones,
tendons and muscles, so that blood, body fluids and energy can flow
smoothly. Spasms relax. Free movement is restored to joints. After
a session of tuina, you feel lighter, freer, longer, and more grounded.
Relaxed, but more awake.
Many techniques are included
in the art; pressure is applied with the fingers, wrists or elbows,
muscles are gently pulled away from bone, tendons are plucked like
guitar strings, joints are moved through their range of motion or
subtly tractioned, and individual limbs or the entire body receive
rhythmic vibrations to relax tensions.