On the afternoon of 28th April I will be performing taster sessions of Tui Na at the Lelung Dharma therapy day at Woodford Hall, Poplars Close, Ruislip, HA4 7BU. All sessions will be around 25 minutes long in total and so will focus mainly on having a sample of what tui na is like to receive and not attempting full diagnosis and testing for specific conditions.
Tui na is the manual side of Chinese medicine utilising massage, motion, traction, joint mobilization and manipulation techniques and pressure applied to acupoints to treat acute or chronic musculoskeletal pains or internal conditions through the principles of acupuncture meridian theory. It is one of the core disciplines of Chinese medicine that works with the system of channels and pressure points without the use of needles. It can be practised in both yin (gentle) and yang (vigorous) forms with equally powerful effects depending on the needs of the patient. While relatively new in the UK it has a long history in China going back thousands of years and has developed to be used in hospitals today as part of the front line of health care.
I am currently studying for a post-graduate diploma in tui na techniques and so these taster sessions will be excellent practice for me while giving people an idea of what they can expect me to do when my course enters the clinical phase.