Hazel Priestley - Acupuncture and Tui Na

Tui Na

Acupuncture man

What is Tui Na?

Tui Na massage is one of the oldest types of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Along with acupuncture and herbal medicine it has been used in China for over 4000 years and is still used in hospitals across the country. Recently it has been gaining in popularity in the Western world.

'Tui' means 'push' and 'Na' means 'grasp'. It is a vigorous hands-on healing method that works not only on the muscles and joints, but also at a deeper level, affecting the flow of Qi (or chi, vital energy) in the body. TCM views disease as being caused by imbalances or blockages in the flow of Qi. Tui Na applies pressure to the Meridians and specific acupuncture points, regulating the flow of Qi so that it moves freely and smoothly throughout the body. When your Qi-flow is balanced you are not only free form aches and pains, but also feel relaxed, confident and full of energy and enthusiasm.

What is Tui Na used for?

Tui Na may be used as a soothing massage, to help ease musculo-skeletal aches and pains and relieve stress and tension. However, as it uses the same Meridians and Acupoints as acupuncture it can also be used, like acupuncture, to help relieve the symptoms of a much wider range of conditions.

Which areas will be treated?

Areas that can be massaged are: neck and shoulders, back, arms, legs, face and head, and feet. Generally two procedures can be carried out in a 30 minute session. Depending on the conditions to be treated acupressure can be applied on any part of the body.

Who can have Tui Na?

Tui Na is suitable for most people, although as it is a vigorous massage it may not be advisable for those who are very frail, or have brittle bones or advanced osteoarthritis.

If you are undergoing treatment for a serious medical condition, such as cancer, it is important that you first consult your Doctor before utilising any complementary therapy.

The back massage is not suitable for pregnant ladies.

Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult and sign a consent form.


Because Tui Na helps to release toxins and restore energy levels in the body, it is important to drink plenty of water after a treatment. You may also feel sleepy after the treatment and a short nap could be beneficial!

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