||You may have only experienced the most common types of massage-
circulatory or Swedish, deep tissue, maybe even shiatsu. But
you should also know about a more powerful form of alternative
massage medicine you can practice on yourself at home.
Tui Na, The Chinese Alternative Massage Medicine
Tui Na, pronounced 'twee nah', literally means 'push grasp'.
The push and grasp refer to two techniques you do with your hands
(and there are at least six different hand techiques). Tui na
is a sophisticated form of acupressure, a true alternative medicine
massage style, because it can be used to treat all manner of disease.
In my new book, I spend an entire section (several chapters)
talking about acupressure and how to use it as one of the tools
in your healing toolkit. Whether it's short-term to relieve a
headache, or long-term to improve your energy level, you can use
some of this alternative medicine medicine yourself. In fact,
if you're seeing an acupuncturist now, they can guide you even
more specifically about what acupoints to massage.
Simplifying the Alternative Massage Medicine
It takes thousands of classroom hours to learn all there is to
know about Tui Na. That's probably not practical for you. So,
the simplest hand technique to use is just to push on a point.
You can rotate your finger or knuckle on the point (in a circle
while pushing in), or just push in, release, push in, release,
etc. You can even just clamp down on a point and hold it.
The key, the thing you can't avoid, and which I can't go into
in this small space, is knowing which points you should massage
on yourself. The reason it's complicated is the same reason we
can call this alternative massage medicine something like a real
medicine- because it's personalized to you and your imbalances,
and it heals rather than just making you feel better for a little
Alternative Medicine Plus the Massage
If you have a minor problem, massaging yourself may be enough.
Or it may be something you use only when circumstances dictate-
even if you're used to taking herbs or pharmaceuticals, you may
find yourself somewhere out of reach of your normal remedies.
In this case, it's good already to know some massage medicine
you can do on yourself.
But I would emphasize overall that you should work with a professional
of some sort - acupuncturist,
naturopath, chiropractor - while you learn to take care of yourself.
I say this because even as a professional myself who has spent
many hours learning healing and trying it out on myself that it
is a process... wisdom and knowledge help, but trial and error
still plays a role, and real life has so many variables that you
never know what you'll need...
So I urge you to add this form of alternative massage medicine
to your healing knowledge database (in your brain)... the only
hitch? You'll have to buy my book
to learn how!
In the meantime, to get a visual idea about this alternative
massage medicine, look at this free acupressure chart.