Acupuncture is an important branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), according to the TCM theory, human organs are associated with specific acupoints in the skin, the invisible meridian lines or channels link these superficial acupoints. The body’s natural energy or Qi (chi) flows through these channels. Using the meridian and acupoint theory, acupuncture performed on acupoints help to restore the natural flow of energy and the balance of the body’s systems, stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities, reducing inflammation, and promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Tui na is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese taoist principles in an effort to open the body’s defensive Qi and get the energy moving in the meridians of the body. Techniques may be gentle or quite firm. The name comes from two of the main manipulations: tui means “to push” and na means “to lift and squeeze.” Other techniques include kneading, tapotement, stretch, compression of acupoints. These techniques are effective in the treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions.