Tui Na:

"Tui Na" literally translates to "push pull" and is the name given to Chinese Medical Massage. Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tui Na incorporates techniques that are similar to Western and Asian massage, chiropractic, osteopathic, and western physical therapy.

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Tui Na uses a variety of hand techniques and passive and active stretching to restore correct anatomical musculo-skeletal relationships, neuromuscular patterns, and to increase the circulation of Qi and Blood to remove biochemical irritants. Acupoints may be selected to rebalance and harmonize the flow of Qi and Blood through the organ meridians in order to facilitate healing and prevent further injury.

What conditions are appropriate for Tui Na?

Any musculoskeletal disorder may benefit from Tui Na. This includes shoulder problems, joint pain, back, hip, thigh, knee, lower leg and ankle disorders. Tui Na is appropriate for both acute and chronic pain.

Do I need to be hurt to benefit from Tui Na?

Of course not.
Although Tui Na may be used for any musculo-skeletal problem, it is a great bodywork modality for the maintenance of optimal health and the prevention of disease.

One of my favorite "generic" treatments is a "Tui Na Organ Tonification" set. Although affecting the entire body, this treatment focuses on supporting the functions of the Lungs, Spleen, and Kidney meridians, with the goal of boosting the body's inherent immune system.

How should I prepare for a Tui Na treatment?

As Tui Na does not usually apply any oils or use mechanical devices, it is not necessary to undress during a session. You will be asked to wear loose slacks such as gym pants/slacks and a light, natural fiber T-shirt or blouse, or you may bring the above clothing and change when you arrive.

The practitioner will also request that the client arrive neither too hungry nor too full (ie: if one is hungry, they should eat; if one is full, they should digest). If you are coming immediately after work, it would be appropriate to have a small snack mid-afternoon, or a hour before arriving.

Tui Na may be performed either on a padded mat on the floor, a chair, or on a massage table.

How often and how many Tui Na treatments are necessary?

This varies greatly, depending primarily on the concern and condition of the client. If the concern is acute, one to three treatments, as soon as possible, are often sufficient to resolve the pain and improve flexibility. If the problem is chronic, treatment on a weekly, twice monthly, or monthly schedule may be advised.

If the client's primary concern is maintenance of health and prevention of illness, I will usually suggest treatment on a monthly basis. Over 50% of my Shiatsu/Tui Na massage clientele come every 3, 4, or 6 weeks for maintenance and preventative treatment.

Cost: $80
Treatment time: 1.5 hour

Please note: As a courtesy, please allow 48 hours notice to cancel or reschedule an appointment; this allows us to reschedule the time for another client. A cancellation or rescheduling of less than 24 hours may result in the full rate being charged.


Calvin Dale Smith, BA, MSc, R-TCMP, R-Ac
Registered Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioner
Riverside Acupuncture and Wellness Centre
2211 Riverside Dr., Suite 106
Ottawa, ON K1H 7X5