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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 chronic 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 chronic problems such as headaches, migraines, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome 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 liver and kidney activity; stimulate production of serotonin and melatonin and lead to improved regulation of cortisol and stress levels.
Tui Na’s potential for treating symptoms of Autism and Cerebral Palsy
Tui Na massage is not claimed to be a cure for autism! However, based on many parental reports, as well as many positive studies on related touch-therapies and massage therapies that are based on similar principles Tui Na massage therapy has the potential to improve and reduce many of the disabling symptoms that are part of, or often accompany autism. 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.
There is no question that Tui Na therapy can have a valuable role in improving the quality of life of a child with Cerebral palsy.
Most children with CP get best results if bodywork focuses on indirectly affecting muscle tone through acupressure points, slow range of motion exercises, and manipulation of the arms, legs and all the major the joints which leads to restoration of limb movements and functions,improved speech,decrease in muscular spasm, increasing movements of affected joints, increasing ability to do things by themselves such as eating, putting on the clothes and walking.
As Tui Na massage is holistic with no reported negative side effects it can be used effectively in combination with conventional autism support strategies and behavioural and other therapies.
Many studies have shown that children and adults with autism can react very well to touch, providing it is regular, structured and predictable unlike the random touch that occurs in social situations and is often very problematic for them.


"Our mission is to help as many parents and carers to learn this safe holistic therapy, which we believe will greatly benefit their child and have a positive impact on family life..."
Private lessons and home treatments are available, please contact the Tui Na Centre for more information.

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