Tui Na Centre One Day Group Course
Full One-Day Training Courses are open for all parents of children with special needs as[…]
Tui Na, sometimes called “Chinese massage”, is an oriental massage therapy that has been used since ancient times. It is a division of traditional Chinese medicine and considered to be of equal importance and effectiveness as that of acupuncture or herbal medicine. It has an extensive tradition as a holistic healing art, with no negative side effects. Tui Na uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of internal energy, called Qi, through the meridians as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques Tuina seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of energy, allowing the body to heal itself naturally. In Western medicine terms Chinese system of meridians tracks major arteries, nerves and lymphatic vessels, and many of the meridian massage points correspond to nerve bundles or muscle trigger points. In addition to being used to address physical problems and pain conditions and sports injuries - all conditions that in the West would be treated by osteopathy, chiropractice and physiotherapy – Tui Na is also used widely to address problems such as headaches, migraines, constipation and sleep problems. It is thought to balance the autonomic nervous system by reducing anxiety, aggressiveness and irritability (‘fight or flight’ sympathetic responses) and increasing relaxation (‘rest and digest’ parasympathetic responses). Regular and targeted massage and touch-therapy in general has been shown to stimulate the senses (touch, hear, feel, smell and see) and blood flow; regulate sleep, digestion and mood; stimulate production of serotonin and melatonin and lead to improved regulation of cortisol and stress levels.
Tui Na as a tool in helping children reaching their full potential
Based on our own experience through working with children as well as many parental reports who implemented Tui Na massage and together with positive studies with related touch therapies we believe that Tui Na massage therapy has the potential to be beneficial for children and the family as a whole. Many of the parents who have attended the training and implemented regular daily massage at home have reported improvements in sleep, social skills, stress levels, outbursts, speech, repetitive behaviour, sensory and digestive problems. In addition, practicing this massage daily can further strengthen the special bond that parents have with their child, and so reduce parental stress and improve their own wellbeing.
Tui Na is a complementary therapy with no reported side effects and in conjunction with suitably qualified medical treatment can be used for conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy and down syndrome.