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Tuina Certification

Approved for 8 Online Continuing Education Units/Credits (CEU's) for Pennsylvania Licensed Massage Therapists

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Approved for 8 Online CEU's for Pennsylvania Licensed Massage Therapists. Cost $100.00 / Certificates Awarded Upon Completion.



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Introduction
History
Summary

Tuina (pronounced “Tway Na-a”) has been a medical therapeutic procedure in China for several thousands of years.1 The term can be translated as “Chinese massage,” but in reality it is much more. Tuina consists of spinal adjustments (as in chiropractic and osteopathic medicine), soft tissue manipulations (as in massage therapy), neuromuscular therapy, deep tissue therapy, myofascial work, physical therapy, acupressure (as in trigger point therapy), and energy balancing (as in meridian therapy). In fact, you could say that Tuina is the father of all manual therapies, since components of Tuina can be found in all other therapies. If you travel to China and observe Tuina, you would find this statement to be true.

Tuina is a therapeutic system designed to deal directly with, and to prevent, the onset and development of sickness in a way that is suited to the natural healing process within the human body. It is based on an approach that will increase and strengthen the body’s resistance to disease, illness, and fatigue and actually speed up the healing of damaged areas caused by injury or trauma by manipulating the body and points along the channels. The word Tuina is made up of two words: Tui, meaning “to push or stroke,” and Na, meaning “to grasp or knead.”2 The Chinese characters are shown in Figure 23-1.

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It is important to note that when one discusses procedures, techniques, and events that go back several thousands of years, there will be some confusion and discrepancy as to the exact time in history that these events occurred and the techniques were developed and named. It is my intention to provide a picture that is as clear and accurate as possible based on information from several references, texts, and my own notes from the medical schools and hospitals in Shanghai and the National Olympic Training Center in Beijing.

Chinese massage dates back some 5000 years to around 2700 BC. It was originally known as An Wu. Later, as it became more medical in its application, it was called Anmo. Between 1368 and 1644 AD, a specialty department within Anmo was developed that was more scientifically medical in its application. This new form of massage was called Tuina. Tuina is used in the areas of gynecology, neurology, pediatrics, orthopedics, traumatology, cosmetology, rehabilitation, sports medicine, and general health care.

Tuina differs from other manual therapies mainly in the enormous scope of diseases and disorders it is able to treat effectively and its use and application of the channels. By employing many of the 1000 hand techniques available in Tuina, including acupressure, the therapist can apply either the reduction or the reinforcing method to rid the body of pain and disease, and to reestablish a state of Yin and Yang, or health and balance.

TCM, like Tuina, dates back more than 5000 years. The first medical book ever written in the world was the Huangdi Neijing, or the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. This book discussed the Yin and Yang theory, which concerns the relationships, patterns, and change within nature, the universe, and the human body. Also discussed was the concept of Qi, or vital energy—how everything is made up of Qi and how this Qi flows along pathways running throughout the body called channels. Qi can be manipulated by pressing or rubbing the acupoints that lie along the channels. Keeping this Qi flowing properly is what ensures a balance of Yin and Yang within the body. The result is a state of health and wellness.

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