Tui Na: Rebalancing Your Energy


Tui Na is a form of Asian Bodywork that uses touch to balance the body’s energy. If you enjoy receiving Swedish-style bodywork, you’ll love Tui Na massage. Tui Na (pronounced tway-nah) offers all the benefits of traditional western massage, plus the ability to address and mitigate specific health concerns.

A typical Tui Na session uses various strokes along energy channels, as well as gentle shaking, stretching, and joint movements. This stimulates and releases the flow of energy, which helps balance your physical and emotional systems.

The Flow of Energy

Imbalanced energy can have many causes-fatigue, aging, illness, excess weight, unhealthy lifestyle. Mental and emotional stresses, for example, have an immediate effect on our energy’s smooth and uninhibited flow. This restricted flow leads to muscle tension, which further restricts both blood and energy flow.

The flow of energy affects all the body’s circulatory systems, not only the blood, but nerves, hormones, and lymph. The massaging action of Tui Na unblocks our energy, bringing it to the surface, dispersing it, and restoring a healthy, balanced flow. Once energy is balanced and flowing:

  •   the body and brain communicate efficiently through the nervous system
  •   the endocrine system more efficiently produces the hormones it needs
  •   the lymphatic system more effectively defends against disease

The Benefits

The benefits of Tui Na are many. The free-flowing circulatory systems can more effectively maintain our health, creating a feeling of vitality. The muscles relax, and chronic pain is eased. The nervous system shifts into a deeply relaxed state, which promotes self-healing and creates a sense of emotional well-being.


Balancing your energy is the essence of the BalanceFlow approach to bodywork. Strange as it may sound, a Tui Na session can actually leave you feeing both relaxed and invigorated-all at the same time. Of course, everyone will experience Tui Na differently. But at the end of a session you’ll have an overall sense of what being in balance is like for you. You’ll be more in tune with the way you were meant to be. Tui Na’s effects are cumulative, and with regular sessions this balanced state becomes the rule rather than the exception. (Please note that I am not currently seeing new clients.)