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How Is Tuina Massage Different From Other Massages?

Updated: Apr 18

The most significant difference between Tuina massage (pronounced twee-nah) and typical massage is that it focuses on the individual's foundation and can also treat mental and emotional aspects, including musculoskeletal conditions. Tuina allows for the experience of acupuncture without having to use needles.


It’s recommended that you have our acupuncture initial 60-minute treatment to ensure your practitioner fully understands your needs.


The Tuina Ethos


Medical massage aims to reduce pain, increase circulation and mobility, harmonize the gut and internal organs, balance the body, and facilitate homeostasis.


The Tuina Process


Instead of using acupuncture needles, tuina uses different massage techniques to treat the affected area. While tuina is very effective on its own, it can provide additional benefits when used in conjunction with acupuncture and cupping treatments.




The treatment of Yang: Yang-based techniques focus on various knots or tension held within the muscles so that they can be released. What this does is increase circulation, decrease pain, and increase flexibility.


Unique Tuina Massage Treatments


Tuina treatments aim to increase joint mobility by stretching and releasing tight muscles. They will use techniques similar to acupressure, reflexology, osteopathy, and chiropractic.


Tuina Massage Benefits


Tuina is beneficial with many positive aspects in health and well-being, such as (but not limited to):

  • Pain relief,

  • Improved wellbeing,

  • Reduced stress,

  • Better sleep cycles,

  • Better circulation,

  • Neck pain relief,

  • Lower back pain relief,

  • Relief from depression and anxiety,

  • Reduced musculoskeletal discomfort,

  • A better quality of life for chronic illness sufferers, e.g., Chronic Fatigue, endometriosis

Contact the professional team at Acute Acupuncture to start improving your well-being with Tuina massage. Thank you for taking the time to read this Blog Post. Don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this post. If you have any more questions or concerns, check out our Acute-Acupuncture Wellington Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), as we find these help answer most people's questions.


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