What is the difference between massage and china tuina?

What is a Relaxation Massage?

Relaxation massage is a full-body treatment with soft music, and aromatherapy essential oils. that will use all kinds of massage techniques, including long strokes, gentle kneading and rolling of skin and muscle, and perhaps some rhythmic rocking from side to side.

What is a relaxation massage beneficial?

  • Relieves stress and muscle tension and leaves you exuding a sense of well-being
  • Improves your circulation and blood flow and aids with lymphatic drainage
  • Ease back pain and neck pain breaking up stubborn knots and tight soft tissue
  • Encourages your body to digest its food and gets rid of its toxins to help you to sleep better
  • Relieves soothe muscle soreness and sprains and encourages the skin to heal minor abrasions

When I was working in the hospital, someone would always say, come on, little girl, give me a massage.

When you leave the hospital, someone will always say, do you know how to massage? Come, give me a massage. I have also met people who are more serious and asked directly, are you doing massage or massage for me? I have not thought about this issue carefully, so I will study it today.

From the perspective of historical development and change: in the early days, massage was only used for the treatment of a few diseases, and the types of techniques were single. The commonly used methods were massage and massage. Body surface for circular friction. With the expansion of the scope of treatment, the techniques have also been extended accordingly.

In addition to pressing and rubbing, there is also pushing, which is a straight-line friction technique. In practice, it is gradually found that the different direction of force exerts a certain influence on the curative effect, resulting in various manipulations with different directions of force. In addition to downward pressure, there are upward lifting force and relative force extrusion.

The classification of techniques has gradually become stricter, and the indications have gradually expanded. The name massage is gradually replaced by the more explicit concept of massage. It can be said that the change from massage to massage marks a great leap in the history of massage development.

From the perspective of manipulation changes:

there are only four or five manipulations in massage. At the beginning, there were only massage and massage, but there were more than thirty kinds of massage manipulations. In the book “Golden Mirror”, touch, pick, end, lift, massage, massage, push, and hold are listed as eight methods of trauma. The massage practitioners’ techniques have always stayed on the basic massage techniques.
From the scope of treatment: massage is only for health care and elimination of fatigue, while massage is for the treatment of diseases. Diseases treated by contemporary massage include: cervical spondylosis, frozen shoulder, lumbar disc herniation, fasciitis, tenosynovitis, constipation, diarrhea, gastroptosis, dysmenorrhea, etc.

From the perspective of practitioners:

because the two have different purposes. The name and composition of the service places are also different. Health massage is mainly based on blind masseurs or non-specialized personnel who have undergone short-term training, while massage is mainly based on medical institutions and traditional Chinese medicine clinics.

The approval authority for health massage for the blind rests with the Bureau of Industry and Commerce and the Disabled Persons’ Federation. The practitioners only need simple training and obtain a massage therapist certificate issued by the labor department. Generally, they are non-medical personnel. The Ministry of Health has the authority to approve the clinic. Tuina physicians need a college degree. Most of them are bachelors, masters, doctors, and postdoctoral fellows from medical colleges, medical schools, and traditional Chinese medicine schools. Among them, there are attending physicians, chief physicians, and professors.

National medical practitioner examination, obtain the qualification to practice medicine.


Massage therapists only have the ability to perform daily health care, but they cannot diagnose and treat diseases. Even if they find a patient’s physical disease during massage, they will not provide treatment, but inform the patient to go to the hospital for further examination and treatment. Can be regarded as a health service place, not a medical institution.
The goals and methods are also completely different. Health massage is one of the health care methods of traditional Chinese medicine, which is the use of massage techniques to achieve the purpose of self-cultivation and health care. Massage or therapeutic massage includes traumatic massage, internal medicine massage, pediatric massage, and gynecological massage.


There are obvious differences in the operation methods: Tui Na is to push or pinch with the hand, and Tui Na belongs to the external treatment of traditional Chinese medicine. As an important part of traditional Chinese medicine, massage belongs to external therapy.

The requirements of massage techniques are gentle, uniform, powerful, lasting and deep penetration.

Tuina has the functions of relaxing meridians and dredging collaterals, adjusting viscera, lubricating joints, and enhancing the body’s ability to resist diseases. For the treatment of common diseases of the motor system and nervous system, the effect is very obvious. All massage physicians are required to have complete medical knowledge, professional knowledge of anatomy, physiology, diagnosis, etc. Not everyone can do it. Ordinary massage parlors or massage for the blind belong to the category of health care. The method is to touch the human body with hands or other parts of the body, and perform mechanical movements with certain skills.

The techniques are simple, mainly massage, massage, kneading, playing, knocking and knocking. Generally speaking, family members can learn to massage each other to achieve the effect of health care, which can be operated by everyone.

Do you understand now? Strictly speaking, there is still a difference between massage and massage. For the purpose of disease prevention and health care, it is performed in massage parlors, and massage is performed by non-professional masseurs or blind masters. For the purpose of treating diseases, in clinics or hospitals with medical qualifications, massage is performed by professional doctors.

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