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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

types

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.

experience

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.

effects

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-Piotr Radowicz

Having experienced the effects of TUINA, I couldn’t resist the call to recognise it as my path. I was fortunate to encounter an exceptional teacher, Davie Sprott, who continues 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.

Acupuncture Society member

Individual treatments

every Wed - Thu - Fri - Sat - Sun

community clinic

by appointment

other locations

mobile service, events, etc.

clinic location

Right in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town:

Alba Acupuncture, 8 Lauriston St., EH3 9DJ

the treatment

• 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.

reviews

prices

  • typical treatment market price

    one hour session

    £40

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
  • Individual treatment

  • £40per hour
    • walk-in treatments
    • available for all therapies
    • concessions and offers available

best value
  • community clinic

  • £27per session
    • affordable rate
    • advance booking required
    • subject to availability

  • pop up clinic

  • £40+per hour
    • tuina on the go
    • events, offices, festivals
    • negotiable rates and times

Better value with pre-paid passes:

  • Community pass

    5 community clinic treatments

  • TuiNa pass

    5 anytime treatments