TCM: Tui Na massage hand techniques at VUOM with Aubry Fisher L.Ac.

Aubry Fisher is a PCOM alumni.

some notes and picture from the class:

Tui Na- meaning “push and grasp” therapeutic massage used to treat a variety of internal and external treatment.

It is unique in that it incorporates principles of TCM and meridian knowledge and theory. It relieves stagnation, tonify and disperse qi and blood.
The original terms used were “An Mo” which means “press and rub”. Goes as far back as Shang dynasty (16th to 11th centruy B.C.) and is mentioned in Yellow Emperor classic of Internal medicine.

3 categories: Openers, “Middle men” and Closers.
1. Rolling- rolling wrist in a oscillating movement. Warms channels and collaterals. Large surfaces like back, legs, arms, shoulders.
2. Rubbing- mild friction, thumbs. Good for brow, sinuses. Large intestines.
3. Kneading- disperse/tonify. Heavy pressure slowly.
4. Pinching- squeeze and lift. SCM muscle, nose/sinus. Eyebrows, ears.
5. Grasping- like pinching but with grabbing more flesh, more pressue. Achilles, shoulders, legs.
Middle men
6. Pushing- push along the channel break up stagnation, push Qi and Blood.
7. Pressing- down using thumbs, phoenix eye fist, elbows.
8. Penetrating- much deeper than pressing, using whole body weight.
9. Passive Joint movement- regain full range of motion. Therapist does the movement for patient.
10. Traction- pulling to counterbalance. Neck, arms, legs.
11. Finger springing- thumb shaking. Good on webbing of fingers and toes, LI channel.
12. Percussion- using fist, cupped palm, fingertips. To sedate move downward, to tonify move upward in body.
13. Chafing- rapid back and forth with side of hand.
14. Brushing- ending with brushing, light, quick, softly.

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