Tuina massage has the same origin as Shiatsu and developed in China holding its root in the Traditional Chinese Medicine. Because it was developed into a vast and complete healing method, it is easily adapted into every day contexts of our modern world. Currently in China it is common for hospitals to have a Tuina department offering treatments on a daily basis. There are aspects of TUINA common with Swedish massage, deep tissue, sports massage, shiatsu, bone setting, reiki.


Tuina can be very relaxing and soothing but its main purpose is medical – treating an array of conditions. Tuina influences all of body’s circulatory systems as well as tissues and organs. It can also be used for some psycho-somatic conditions.


A regular general tuina session is great for restoring the balance, keeping the immune system active, preventing stagnation and making you feel good in the body!


Some typical conditions treated:

musculoskeletal problems (eg. frozen shoulder, neck pains, lower back pains, sciatica, stiff hips, sports injuries), circulatory and respiratory problems.

Cupping is popular both as a supportive and a main therapy.


how does it work?

Creating vacuum causes suction of skin and underlying tissues into the cup. This has an opposite effect to a massage – instead of applying pressure it lifts tissues.


In doing so pores open up, blood and fluid circulation is significantly promoted, muscle tensions released.



Cupping may be static or sliding. Static is similar to acupuncture and usually leaves marks while sliding may be described as a pleasant cupping massage.


what is it for?

musculo-skeletal conditions • respiratory conditions • gastrointestinal disorders • swellings • pains

Traditional moxa (short for moxibution) involves burning of dried mugwort over a specific point or area of the body, thus warming it up. This can be done indirectly using a cigar or directly  by placing a mugwort cone on the skin.


Moxa is pleasant to experience and does not leave scars nor cause pain. To avoid too much smoke, smokeless variants are possible. In a clinical setting, heat lamps are also widely used.


Heating with moxa has a tonifying effect on the body, strengthens immune system, promotes circulation, alleviates pain.

what is it for?

cold and damp conditions • arthritis • respiratory problems • digestive disorders • relaxation • muscle spasms • acute pain from sprains, tendinitis, strains

Both Tui Na and Osteopathy developed organically from a deep understanding of human anatomy and bio-mechanics. I find it fascinating that even though these two share plenitude of differences (different place, time and mode of origin), have many similar techniques. This allowed me to conclude that medical grade tui na is close to osteopathy.


I am exceptionally fortunate to be mentored by two highly advanced osteopaths and in my practice I often blend in some osteopathic techniques (which I am certified in) into the Tui Na session:

  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • joint manipulation techniques and thrusts (short lever HVLA)
  • GOT protocol (General Osteopathic Treatment)
  • lymphatic drainage techniques
  • visceral normalisation
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Peter Conrad


I have been running my clinic since 2014. This is the only clinic in Edinburgh dedicated to TUINA. I welcome people from all walks of life to enquire about using tuina as treatment.

Having experienced the effects of TUINA, I couldn’t resist the call to recognise it as my path. I am fortunate to have encountered exceptional teachers, who continue to motivate my further study, which in case of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is a life-long journey.

Having encountered osteopathic approach to therapy, I was struck how effective it is and by the amount of similarities with tuina. I am currently deepening my understanding of osteopathic diagnosis and techniques to incorporate them with tuina protocols.

I find it intriguing that there is something special in tuina techniques, which withstood the test of time and still prove very effective. What I’m not sure is whether it’s justifiable to solely use Traditional Chinese diagnosis and language in treatment, while modern knowledge of anatomy and physiology is providing a lot of valuable knowledge about how our bodies work. I believe combining both approaches in a complementary manner offers optimum path to balanced health.

I am also a qualified sports massage therapist.

Acupuncture Society member


years in practice


treatments given



clinic open

every Wed to Sun

community clinic

by appointment

other locations

mobile service, events, etc.

clinic location

Right in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town:


Alba Therapy Clinic

8 Lauriston Street., EH3 9DJ



the treatment

• Each and every treatment, initial or follow-up, begins with consultation, assessment and discussion about the plan or purpose.


• Tuina sessions are usually fully clothed unless an application of a balm/oil or cupping is required. This is mostly for practical reasons because oftentimes during the treatment the body position changes and/or various body parts are moved and mobilised.


• Depending on the diagnosis/assessment, the treatment may combine tuina, sports massage, cupping and heat therapy (moxa).


• Please wear loose comfortable clothing which wouldn’t restrain movement or feel tightening eg. shorts, sports bras etc.


• It’s advisable not to have a meal directly before the treatment.

Please read about the special measures in place and how to receive the treatment:

Details of Covid-19 safe clinic.


  • typical treatment market price

    one hour session


I believe that the treatment itslef is not a commodity and as such cannot have a price tag. However, the process and set up of being able to offer tuina involves substantial financial effort. Therefore, I perceive accepting money in exchange of the treatment as a form of supporting my path, development, and studying.

  • standard rate

  • £50per hour
    • walk-in treatments offered
    • available for all therapies
    • concessions and offers available

  • community clinic

  • £35per session
    • supporting wellbeing of local community
    • enabling course of treatments
    • affordable rate supporting low income households

  • custom rate

  • £40+per hour
    • for committed patients, custom treatment plans
    • regular interval treatments
    • negotiable rates, typically £40, or £45

Better value with pre-paid packages:

Available at the clinic.

  • £190

    TuiNa pass

    5 standard rate treatments
    Works out at £38 per treatment.
    Valid 12 months.

20:08 31 Mar 24
Peter is immensely skilled and knowledgeable he took time to find out what the problems were and dealt with them. I can't recommend him highly enough. A wonderful experience.
23:38 19 Jan 24
It is a very magical massage parlor. Friends who are familiar with domestic massage may find it novel. Peter’s massage concept is completely different. For traditional massage, it is about dredging. If there is blockage, there will be pain. If it is unblocked, there will be no pain. So why doesn't it work? Because it's blocked. How to get through? dredge. Unblocking requires force. It takes force to push open, soft open or press open. Peter's philosophy is communication, communication with the body, not just the mode of forceful dredging. New friends may think it’s “not enough”, but in fact, you can be gentle but not rigid.
Anna LouiseAnna Louise
21:58 22 Dec 23
Unreal knowledge about the body. He has excellent lifestyle advice that has helped me from my very first treatment! I have full trust in Peter, and I highly recommend!
Monika NiemczynowiczMonika Niemczynowicz
06:52 26 Oct 23
Peter's expertise and dedication to finding out what is truly at the core of your various aches and pains is unmatched. I have been seeing Peter for a few years now for lots of different issues - abdominal pain, lower back pain, sciatica - and have always found great relief after his treatments.
Rhys GilchristRhys Gilchrist
11:22 12 Jul 23
I highly recommend visiting Peter for Tuina.I stumbled into Tuina because I was gifted a voucher. I didn’t really have any idea what to expect but after 1 session I could already feel such a significant difference in my mind and body. I felt more balanced and in tune than ever.I’ve been visiting Peter every month for nearly a year now and I’ve never felt so good in my own body. Not only do I feel balanced and ache free after my session, I often leave having learnt something new about my body and Peter always takes time to answer any questions I have, along with practical advice and stretches to work on.Additionally, having regular Tuina Therapy has allowed me to perform at my best physically when rock climbing and exercising.If you’re looking to deal with any aches, injuries or want a relaxing massage, I’d highly recommend visiting Peter.Thank you for all you do, Peter!
Dana GivanDana Givan
15:13 07 Nov 22
Piotr is so kind and fitted me in as an emergency last week. I was put at ease and following actions at home after advice and therapy itself my pain has greatly reduced and I can get comfort again. Pricing is extremely fair too.
Joy WJoy W
19:23 20 Mar 22
Peter is highly skilled and knowledgeable at what he does. He gives great advice to compliment the TuiNa therapy but also effortlessly puts you at ease. Very grateful to have found him and I'll definitely be back for top up treatments. Thank you Peter!
Anne KeeganAnne Keegan
00:41 24 Jan 22
I just wish I had found you before Peter. After my first session, I had so much energy. This time I am exhausted, but know that good things have happened. It is the best tissue massage ever, combined with stretching and manipulation. I really needed it and looking forward to my next visit. You are one in a million and I will be recommending you to others.
vlz 22vlz 22
16:12 07 Jan 22
I had a fantastic experience. Peter is very kind and knowledgeable and I do feel much better after my massage. I highly recommended.
jasmine fyvejasmine fyve
19:19 16 Sep 21
Peter is a miracle worker. I’ve gone to him for a back issue over recent years, and always leave extremely happy. Today I went to him with a complex hip problem that an experienced physio has not been able to resolve over several weeks. The pain and stiffness have almost completely disappeared after one treatment. It may well return, of course, but if it does I’ll still be going back to Peter as I’m so confident in his ability to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal issues. Having had treatments from various different practitioners all over the world over the last 20+ years I can confidently say Peter is the best on I have found.
19:29 16 Jul 21
Cannot recommend Peter enough. I felt absolutely amazing after his Tuina massage. He's friendly, professional and very experienced therapist. I will be coming back!

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