Tui Na Massage is therapeutic massage that uses rhythmic compression along energy channels, called meridians, as well as a variety of techniques that manipulate and lubricate the joints. Tui Na literally translates as “Tui” meaning push and “Na” meaning grasp. Like acupuncture, Tui Na directly affects the flow of energy by holding and pressing the body at acupressure points. Tui Na is frequently site specific, treating the area of dysfunction, it is not a general massage as is done in a spa setting. Tui Na is designed to prevent problems, not just correct them. By keeping the body’s energy in balance, health is maintained. This is true not just for physical health, but for mental and emotional well-being as well. Tui Na is frequently done through clothing or with a sheet or towel over the skin. Occasionally liniment or oils may be used to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.