What is Acupressure Massage?

Acupressure Massage a.k.a. Tuina

Acupressure Massage

The biggest difference between a regular massage and an acupressure massage lies within the techniques and where the pressure is applied.

Acupressure massage is also referred to as Tuina (pronounced “tway nah”) in China. It is a method of treatment often employed by acupuncture doctors to help people with a variety of conditions.

It is a unique massage technique that targets meridians and acupuncture points on the skin that are sensitive to bioelectrical pulses within the body. Direct stimulation of these points through pressure and massage (instead of needles like acupuncture) serve to release endorphins to help relieve pain. It also increases blood flow to the area so that muscles will relax and begin the healing process.

How is Tuina Different?

Tuina is different from traditional massage in that it is more medical in nature. Most people who seek out Tuina have a particular illness, injury or condition they want to address and target for healing. This is quite different than a regular whole body massage which affects the client’s overall health.

What are the benefits of Tuina?

Acupressure can be utilized to treat all sorts of physical injuries, including sports-related, as well other internal conditions such as asthma or constipation. It is an available alternative for clients who prefer not to use needles, but would like to try an alternative medicine like acupuncture!

Another benefit to Tuina is that it can serve to rebalance the body, dissolve tension, and relieve stress. This encourages the release of lactic acid that is caused by fatigue and trauma, chemical imbalances and poor circulation. Thus, it promotes a healthy immune system and enables the body to resist other illness.

Tuina at Ridgely Retreat

If you are interested in booking a Tuina session, please know that appointments are typically scheduled in 15-minute increments, and up to 45 minutes long. The length of the session depends on how many conditions the acupuncturist is addressing. We suggest that clients wear loose, comfortable clothing as, unlike traditional massage, you do not disrobe for acupressure.

Contact us to schedule an appoint and begin your path to healing and feeling great!