Chinese massageChinese Massage

Chinese massage relies much more on a style of massage called tuī ná (推拿), which involves the extensive use of pressure points. It is closely related to acupuncture and is considered to be effective for a similar range of health problems.

History

History

China has a long history of massage for health benefits. There are massage textbooks as far back as the Nei Jing (722-481 BC) the most ancient medical texts. In the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) it is recorded that there were 56 massage doctors in the imperial hospital more than the total of herbalist and acupuncturists around this time.  Huangdi Neijing is composed during the Chinese Spring and Autumn period (the beginning of recorded history). The Nei-jing is a compilation of medical knowledge known up to that date, and is the foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Massage is referred to in 30 different chapters of the Nei Jing. It specifies the use of different massage techniques and how they should be used in the treatment of specific ailments, and injuries.