Procedure & Benefits of Tuina
Treatment sessions with a Life Rising (Ton Shen Health) Tuina therapist or acupuncturist in Northbrook, Westmont or downtown Chicago usually last from 30 minutes to an hour or so. Receivers often come back to get additional treatments for chronic conditions. Usually they feel either relaxed or surprisingly energized by the treatment and release of aches and pains. Almost anyone will benefit from receiving Tuina massage, but some areas found to be particularly effective include:
Pains and Stiffness (For example: back pain, headaches, migraine, ‘frozen shoulder’, arthritis, repetitive strain injury, trapped nerves, sports injuries, etc.)
Stress (tiredness, weakness, anxiety, depression, insomnia, weak immune system, etc.)
Digestion Disorder (constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, etc.)
Women’s problems (PMT, painful or irregular periods, etc.)
Paralysis (stroke, facial paralysis, numbness, etc.)
During a typical Tuina session, loose and soft clothing is most appropriate for both receiver and giver for comfort. Lying on a massage table is the most common position, either face down or up. After answering some brief questions about the nature and location of the health problem, as well as basic questions about general health, allergies and other existing conditions, the practitioner will concentrate on specific acupressure points, energy trigger points, muscles and joints surrounding the affected area. As with Chinese herbs and acupuncture, Tuina focuses more on gaining therapeutic benefit rather than only getting relaxation. It goes directly after the problems, sometimes requiring significant pressure. When excessive friction from rubbing or stroking is involved, practitioners may choose to use talcum powder, sesame oil, ointment of Chinese holly leaf, oil from HongHua, or a specialized massage emulsion or oil developed for Tuina .