Eastern massage techniques have been successfully used to counter disharmony and restore balance to the body for thousands of years. Chinese medical massage, or Tui Na, is one of several such therapies. Originally a Chinese folk medicine, TuiNa is one of the first documented massage techniques in the world, referenced in the seminal work of Chinese healing philosophy, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, more than 2500 years ago.
Throughout several millennia, TuiNa has co-evolved with other Asian techniques and Chinese medical philosophy itself. Many of its current techniques involve specific energy points and meridians, and the manipulations necessary to their efficacious treatment. In the sixth century B.C., a Japanese technique called AnMo came to China by way of the Korean peninsula and was incorporated into TuiNa. Many texts in China and the United States still refer to TuiNa as AnMo.
Today, specialized degrees in TuiNa are awarded to doctorate students of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Such a degree can take ten years to complete. These TuiNa doctors work in TCM hospitals with others who specialize in acupuncture and herbs to provide a unique form of holistic health care.
Although gaining popularity and esteem, TuiNa still remains largely undiscovered and unutilized in the West. Those who are familiar with its techniques and benefits will find themselves better able to provide massage therapy to a variety of clients for a variety of therapeutic reasons. Practitioners of TuiNa and other Asian therapies are able to combine what they know about Western science and massage to synthesize a new understanding of massage therapy. The demand for TuiNa and other Asian therapies is continuing to increase rapidly in America.
Tui na or tuina (/ˌtwiː ˈnɑː/, Chinese: 推拿; pinyin: tuī ná), is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, fire cupping, Chinese herbalism, t’ai chi, and qigong. Tui na is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese taoist and martial arts principles in an effort to bring the eight principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into balance. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press, and rub the areas between each of the joints, known as the eight gates, to attempt to open the body’s defensive (wei) chi and get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles. Techniques may be gentle or quite firm. The name comes from two of the actions: tui means “to push” and na means “to lift and squeeze.” Other strokes include shaking and tapotement. The practitioner can then use range of motion, traction, with the stimulation of acupressure points. These techniques are claimed to aid in the treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions. As with many other traditional Chinese medical practices, there are different schools which vary in their approach to the discipline. It is related also to Japanese massage or anma (按摩).
In ancient China, medical therapy was often classified as either “external” or “internal” treatment. Tui na was one of the external methods, thought to be especially suitable for use on the elderly population and on infants. Today, Tui na is subdivided into specialized treatment for infants, adults, orthopedics, traumatology, cosmetology, rehabilitation, sports medicine, etc. In modern China, many hospitals include tui na as a standard aspect of treatment. In the West, tui na is taught as a part of the curriculum at some acupuncture schools.
Richard and Megan Connell provide TuiNa Massage in their Bath, Maine clinic. Richard in combination with Acupuncture and Megan in specialized Massage sessions. Both Megan and Richard Connell graduated from a year long (800 hour) specialized training and NCCAOM approved certification program in TuiNa Massage. Richard Connell taught Tuina Massage to acupuncture students at Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, NM. Most other acupuncturists who claim to know TuiNa have studied for 45 hours with very little hands on experience. No one in Maine knows more about TuiNa Massage and how to utilize it’s techniques than Richard and Megan Connell.
Prior to practicing acupuncture, Richard Connell practiced Eastern Medical Massage and Asian Bodywork. Richard graduated from East-West Healing Arts Institute in Madison, WI with a specialty in Asian Bodywork and Eastern Medical Massage (TuiNa). He also attended The Wat Po Traditional Medical School in Bangkok, Thailand, where he earned his Certification in Traditional Thai Massage. He also earned a yoga instructors certificate after intensive study in Rishikesh, India. He received his graduate Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine training and medical degree at Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, NM, where he subsequently was an Associate Professor, teaching specialized and advanced acupuncture and manual therapy techniques. Richard Connell’s patients appreciate his ability to effectively and compassionately treat their health issues, while achieving lasting results.
“I achieve the fastest, most thorough, and longest lasting results for each patient by combining all of my unique knowledge and skills into a very effective treatment.” says Richard.
Richard Connell’s office provides acupuncture, manual therapy and massage therapy in Bath, Maine. He keeps up with current research and utilizes the best and most appropriate techniques from Acupuncture, Manual Therapy and Therapeutic Massage for the safe, natural and effective treatment and rehabilitation from pain, allergies, headaches, digestion problems and much, much more.