Third Pillar: Tui-Na/Massage

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Welcome! Specializing in acupuncture and massage*: Pre-event massage, Post-event massage, training massage, energy work, rehabilitative massage, restorative massage.

Tui-na is the third pillar of Chinese medicine. It is like massage, bone setting, joint repair, acupressure and more. Most of our techniques are prescription to the patient’s needs and change with patients needs.

Medical Massage is about getting a better outcome with the following issues, please be sure to talk to me if any of these are bothering you: Carpal tunnel, Whiplash, Headaches, Shoulder or Elbow problems, TMJ/TMD, Foot and Ankle problems, Pelvis/Hips/Knees issues, Sciatica, Disc pathology, Scoliosis, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Trigger points, Diabetes, or Lymph issues.

Palpation: a bridge between qigong, pulse, and tui-na.

Tai Chi Massage: a unique form of massage that combines Tai Chi principles and methods.

Acupressure Basics for patients. Here is a little set you can play with at home. Some of the first points I learned 30 years ago!

Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, and Body work are all important parts of my self-maintenance and healing process. It balances the tough physical training from martial arts to the mental stresses of office life. I have had at least 29 years in learning about the body and how it works through workshops, seminars, local and touring masters of Taijiquan and Qigong. My highest achievements so far have been both graduating from Acupuncture school in 2018 (Virginia University of Integrative Medicine) and Massage therapy school in 2006 (Qi Elements school of Massage and Tai Chi) and completing the Medical Board exams in 2019 (NCCAOM).

Face Massage:

Tui NA:

Lesson 1

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 century B.C.) and is mentioned in Yellow Emperor classic of Internal medicine….


Point Localization: Between the eyebrows.

TCM Actions: Calms the Mind (Shen). Focuses thoughts. Extinguish the Wind. Benefits the nose.

Indications: Mental confusion. Lack of determination. Epilepsy. Vertigo. Seizures. Anxiety. Insomnia. Fear. Congestion. Nasal secretion. Sneeze.

Zhongfu: Lung 1: Front Mu point of Lung. (Where Stress first invades body).

Zhongfu– Central palace LU1 Lung Mu point Location: Laterosuperior to the sternum, 1 cun below LU2, at the level of the first intercoastal space, 6 cun lateral to the anterior midline.
Action: Disseminates and descends lung qi, alleviates cough and wheezing, transforms phlegm, clears heat and regulates water passages, descends stomach qi.
Indication: Cough asthma, chest pain, shoulder and back, fullness of chest.

Mingmen- Gate of Life GV4 Location: Below the spinous process of the 2nd lumbar vertebrae.
Action: Clear heat, regulates the GV, tonifies the KD, benefits the lumbar spine.
Indication: Stiffness of back, lumbago, impotence, nocturnal emission, irregular menstruation, diarrhea, indigestion, leukorrhea.

Hegu- Large Intestines 4, command point of face good for headaches. NOT for PREGNANT women!

Hegu-enclosed valley LI4 Yuan Location: On the dorsum of the hand, between the 1st and 2nd metacarpal bones, approximately in the middle of the 2nd metacarpal boneon the radial side.
Action: Regulate weiqi and adjust sweating, expel wind and release exterior, regulate face, eyes, nose, mouth, and ears.
Activate channel and alleviates pain, induces labour, restores yang.
Indication: Headache, Neck pain, redness, swelling/pain of eye, epistaxis, nasal obstruction, rhinorrhea, toothache, deafness, swelling face, sore throat, parotitis, trismus, facial paralysis.
febrile disease, hidrosis, abdominal pain, dysentery, constipation, amenorrhea, delayed labor, infant convulsion, pain, weakness, impairment of upper limbs.

Neiguan- Pericardium 6, command point of chest. Nausea go-to point, headaches.

Neiguan- Inner Pass PC6 Luo connecting, Confluent point of Yin Linking Vessel. Location: 2 cun above the transverse crease of the wrist, between the tendons of m.palmaris longus and m.flexor radialis.
Action: Unbinds the chest and regulates qi, regulates heart and calms spirit, harmonizes stomach and alleviates nausea and vomiting,
clears heat, opens yin linking vessel.
Indication: Cardiac pain, palpitations, stuffy chest, stomachache, nausea, vomiting, hiccup, mental disorder, epilepsy,insomnia, febrile disease, irritability, malaria, pain of elbow and arm.

Zusanli- Three miles of the foot ST36 He Sea point, Sea of food point earth. Location: 3 cun below ST35 and 1 finger breath from the anterior border of tibia.
Action: Harmonizes ST, forties SP and resolves damp, supports true Qi and yuan qi, tonifies qi and nourishes blood and yin,
clears fire and calms spirit, activates the channel and alleviates pain, revives they yang and restores consciousness.
Indication: Gastric pain, vomiting, hiccup, abdominal distention, borborygumus, diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, mastitis, enteritis, aching of knee joint, beriberi, edema, cough, asthma
indigestion, apoplexy,hemiplegia, dizziness, insomnia, mania.

Yongquan- Bubbling well

KD1 jing well wood Location: On the sole, in the depression when the foot is in plantar flexion, approx. at junction of anterior 1/3 and posterior 2/3.
Action: Descends excess from the head, calms the spirit, revives consciousness and rescues yang.
Indication: Headache, blurred vision, dizziness, sore throat, dryness of tongue, loss of voice, dysuria, infantile convulsions, sweaty feet, loss of consciousness.

Lesson 1.2: Tui-Na Basics

Taiji Pai Dai gong: self patting massage set 1