Tui Na is another ancient system of bodywork that comes from China.
For over 2,000 years the Chinese have been using it as a primary health maintenance massage (usually used with acupuncture and Chinese herbs). It combines soft tissue manipulation, structural alignment, and acupressure.
By using techniques like kneading, pushing, rolling, chafing, traction and grasping the therapist is able to help re-balance and harmonize the flow of ‘chi’ (energy) through the meridians.
Although it is difficult to quickly explain the true definition of meridians, they basically are the energy pathways throughout the body in which ‘chi’ flows.
These ‘energy-paths/meridians’ animate (give life to) the body and its respective parts [they would look like ‘roads’ on a ‘map of the body’].
There are 12 major (14 in all) paired meridians. Each meridian has paths along both sides of the body mirroring each other, and they are all connected to create one flow of energy.
Imagine a road blocked off by a fallen tree, repercussions would arise all around the area and create a traffic-jam; In the body, stress blocking off an energy pathway, for example, could cause a rising headache or other physical discomforts. Tui Na (and acupressure/acupuncture)’s goal is to remove this ‘tree’ from the road and bring back the energy flow.