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The History of Tui Na Massage

Chinese massage, also known as Tuina (推拿) , is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for over 2,000 years. This therapeutic practice uses a combination of manual pressure, manipulation, and soft tissue mobilization to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and improve blood and lymphatic circulation.

    The history of Chinese massage therapy dates back to the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC), where it was known as Anmo (按摩). At the time, this practice was used to improve blood circulation and relieve muscle and joint pain.

     During the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC), Chinese massage therapy developed with the introduction of Yin and Yang theory and traditional Chinese medicine. Doctors used this massage to treat a variety of illnesses, including chronic pain, insomnia and anxiety.

      During the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD), Chinese massage therapy became a recognized form of medical treatment. Physician Zhang Zhongjing wrote a book called "Shanghan Lun" which details massage techniques and their use to treat illnesses. This book is still used today as a reference for the practice of traditional Chinese medicine.

     During the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), Chinese massage therapy became a popular practice in Buddhist temples. Monks used this massage to relieve muscle and joint pain caused by prolonged meditation and to improve blood and lymphatic circulation.

     During the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD), Chinese massage therapy continued to develop and evolve. Doctors began using acupuncture needles in combination with massage to treat illnesses and relieve pain.

     During the Qing Dynasty (AD 1644-1912), Chinese massage therapy became more formalized and structured. Doctors began using specific pressure points on the body to treat specific illnesses. Chinese massage therapy also began to be used in hospitals and clinics as a standard medical treatment.

     Today, Chinese massage therapy is used around the world to treat a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, digestive disorders, respiratory illnesses, sleep disorders, and anxiety. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners continue to use this massage in combination with acupuncture or herbs.


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