Tuina Bodywork

Tuina Bodywork

At Tao of Wellness, we provide you with a complement of healing modalities to enhance, restore and rejuvenate your health. Tuina bodywork is one of the main pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Bodywork is an excellent therapy for acute muscle and joint injuries or chronic inflammation and pain. It has a wonderful ability to help you relax when you are under stress and feeling tense or anxious. People also use bodywork for mental and physical detoxification. When applied to the meridians and acupoints corresponding to the reproductive system, it can help optimize fertility.

Bodywork enhances acupuncture because it prepares the body and mind by opening the energetic pathways. When combined, both acupuncture and bodywork can reduce the healing time for most any condition.

A must have! The practitioners are in tune with your body, guiding its self healing path and promoting wellness within me.

If your condition is recent or severe, frequent sessions with twice-a-week intervals may be recommended. If your condition has been present for some time, having acupuncture with bodywork once a week or every other week may be sufficient for healing. Many people choose to receive bodywork every two weeks or monthly as a health maintenance practice.

Most bodywork techniques practiced at Tao of Wellness are comfortable and enjoyable. Occasionally, when deep tissue work may be needed, you may experience tenderness as blockages are being released. Before your treatment your therapist will consult with you to determine the appropriate level of pressure for your condition and comfort.


Tuina Bodywork
Tuina (pronounced “twee-nah”) is a form of massage that removes blockages along the meridians of the body and stimulates the healthy flow of chi (vital energy), lymph and blood. This energizes the patient’s innate self-healing mechanism. Tuina encompasses a broad range of techniques ranging from light stroking to deep tissue work. Hand and arm techniques are used to massage the soft tissue of the body, stimulate acupressure points and mobilize various joints. Herbal liniments and other modalities requiring the use of implements such as guasha and cupping may be incorporated to aid in the healing process.

Scar tissue and/or adhesions often develop within the matrix of body tissue called the fascia. Such severe stagnation prevents smooth movement of muscles, tendons, ligaments and surrounding tissue, which consequently impairs function and produces pain. Guasha is a method where, after the application of aromatic oils, a smooth, hand-held guasha tool is moved along the surface of the affected area to break up stagnation. Guasha is also used effectively to relieve symptoms of cold and flu.

Toxins often accumulate in the connective tissues creating blockages and impeding blood and fluid circulation. Usually applied on a patient’s back, the strong suction action of cupping stimulates blood and lymphatic fluid to flow near the skin’s surface and to key areas of the body for easy and direct release of toxins. Cupping also serves to relieve tension and restore circulation.

Customized Tuina sessions are specific to the patient’s condition, usually ranging from sore muscles and joints to emotional stress and maintenance of health and well being.

Detox Tuina sessions are designed to detoxify the body. They incorporate: (a) dry brushing to exfoliate dead skin cells and stimulate the release of toxins through the skin, (b) manual therapy along lymphatic vessels to help bring toxins into the lymph nodes and liver for processing, and (c) cupping to bring blood and body fluids to the surface for the easy release of toxins. Learn more about our cleanse and detox program.

Fertility Tuina sessions are designed to optimize fertility by: (a) stimulating acupoints and meridians that correspond to the reproductive system, (b) promoting deep relaxation, and (c) improving circulation. Learn more about our fertility program.

The Tuina massages assisted my fertility journey. The treatments helped nourish my reproductive organs to prepare my body for the next journey.