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.
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.
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
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.
• Tuina sessions are usually fully clothed unless an application of a balm/oil or cupping is required.
• Depending on the diagnosis, the treatment may combine tuina, cupping and 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.
I had my first Tuina massage with Peter. I've had many, many styles of massage and I really loved this one. Peter is a very competent, caring and present practitioner. My body felt fabulous afterwards. I had been performing at the Fringe Festival for 8 shows at that point. It was terrific to take time out to nurture myself. I look forward to returning to Peter whenever I'm lucky enough to be visiting Edinburgh!
Lucia August - http://www.luciaaugustdance.com
I had the most wonderful visit with Peter. He is incredibly kind, calm and giving and his touch is healing and relaxing. I recommend. He is also very reasonable. Absolutely amazing thank you Peter!
I booked my first Tui Na massage in an endeavour to find some relief for an injured shoulder which had resulted in pain, weakness and limited mobility. I have found the massage process very effective in addressing all the aforementioned problems. The technique is very person centred and focused on any presenting problem. It is dynamic and relaxing and I am confident in Peter's skills.
Fantastic Tui Na massage from Peter. Felt like I was floating afterwards! Had really helped with my sciatica as has the great advice provided about stretching and strengthening.
Unassuming place but really comfortable and welcoming.
Will be back and have recommended to colleagues.
I think I am onto my 4th Tui Na session now and, although probably one of the weirdest massages/sensations I have ever had, it has also been one of the most effective (for me).
Peter was recommended to me by a work colleague as I was permanently complaining of pain in my neck/shoulder.
After my 1st session I felt as though everything in my body was back where it should be...it's hard to explain - but a great feeling! And 2 days following the treatment my pain had considerably lessened.
I am now hooked and a repeat customer! I don't "need" to go back, I want to. My pain has eased significantly and most days I have no pain at all. I return though, because I enjoy the feeling of balance being restored to my body.
I really felt like I had had a thorough workout / work over and came away relaxed and without any aches and pains. I was a deep and strong massage which is what I wanted.
I wanted to say thank you, the treatment made a meaningful difference.
The treatment I received from Piotr was very thorough - truly a whole body MOT! He is a very skilled, attentive and knowledgeable practitioner you can trust your ailments with!
This felt like a very intuitive massage that took me to a rather dreamlike state & left me feeling loosened & standing straighter! Am looking forward to my return visit & have already recommended Peter to both friends & family.
Peter is a miracle worker, I first went to see him with severe pain in my shoulder, it's much better, not quite gone buts it's going in the right direction.
So here's something you won't see every day, taking my hat off to a fellow tui na therapists skills.
Had a session from P Radowicz yesterday and feel tremendous today, really skillful, top notch tui na massage.
He works on Saturdays @ Alba acupuncture in Edinburgh centre, I can honestly say he does the best & most thorough work I have ever had done outside of China.
Do your body a favour and try a session, not for the feint hearted
Colin Haig - www.tuinainedinburgh.com
I had an appointment with Peter since I had a horrible back pain and general muscles pains due to sports. Unfortunately, I only had time for one session as I was visiting edinburgh for a couple days. I wish I could have stayed longer for other sessions since that only session really helped me a lot. I highly recommend him!
I've been having TuiNa sessions with Peter for a few months now and I can't recommend him highly enough. He has a lovely manner and is highly skilled at what he does. My boyfriend also sees him on a regular basis and sings his praises as highly as I do!
This was a great new experience, as I had never had this style of massage before. Peter was very relaxed but able to get into the muscle areas well. I left feeling rejuvenated and well aligned again. I would recommend this as a deep massage to those who don't like a light relaxation massage when you leave feeling the same as you went in.
Massage was unreal!! I struggled to return to reality and get off the table I was so relaxed. Will definitely be back soon!
It was a great experience. Very pleasant and professional. Helped me feel much better afterwards.
Having Tui Na from Peter gives me the sensation of being released from a straight-jacket! It's soothing, powerful and deeply relaxing. I feel like regular sessions are keeping my aches and pains from setting in. I also feel light, grounded and energised straight after the massage itself.
Fay Adams - www.fayadams.net
I have been going to several treatments with Peter. I find that it is has benefited me so much and that is why I still go regularly. After this recent Tuina massage i felt very relaxed and sleepy. The neck felt less tense and my other muscles also around my shoulders and hip area. For me the treatments have reduced headaches and migraines, released tensions and helped me feel i breath better.
The treatment I received twice from Peter was extraordinary. It was on the one hand very relaxing and on the other helped me to get rid of some bad tension I had accumulated in my spine. It was a very good experience for me and I learned a lot as well. Thanks Peter for your kindness and commitment to doing your job!
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.
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