Tuina Massage

Tuina Massage2023-06-08T14:12:29+01:00


Tuina Massage or Chinese Therapeutic Massage uses finger pressure, stretching and leverage, therefore stimulating the meridians and acupuncture points.

A Tuina massage practitioner uses a variety of techniques to achieve the desired outcome in treatment. Physical manipulations vary from light, gentle massage to deeper and stronger in nature.

Tuina Massage
Asante Concession Clinic


Chinese medicine practitioners will often use Tuina massage in conjunction with acupuncture thereby increasing its effectiveness. It is an effective treatment for musculo-skeletal problems, such as back pain, frozen shoulder, slipped discs and fractures. Additionally it can also be effective for many other conditions, particularly digestive problems and insomnia.

Tuina Massage treatments are available from our practitioners at our London clinic seven days a week. Tuina is a form of massage which is quite different from Western massage. A Tui Na practitioner will use finger pressure, stretching and leverage to stimulate the channels and acupuncture points.

Acupuncture with Asante Academy FAQs

Is there anything I should avoid before my treatment?2021-10-19T15:57:04+01:00

Yes. It is ideal for you to avoid eating and/or drinking caffeinated drinks (tea/coffee etc) for at least 1 hour before your treatment. You should not consume alcohol or drugs prior to treatment. Your treatment may be refused if we feel that you are intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If possible, it is also best to avoid stressful situations before your treatment, so that you arrived feeling calm and relaxed at the clinic, although, after most treatments, you will certainly feel more relaxed than when you arrived.

How quickly will I feel the benefits from treatment?2021-12-09T15:22:07+00:00

This is very subjective. It depends on the patient, the condition being treated, the severity and duration of the condition and which treatment(s) you receive. For acute stage conditions, you may start to feel some benefits of treatment after the first session, especially if you receive acupuncture or tuina. For chronic or long-standing conditions, a patient will normally need more time. If you are prescribed herbal medicine, the process can take a little longer, and you may only notice changes after a week or two weeks of treatment.

Patient compliance with advice given by practitioners will also have an effect. For example, if you are advised to take herbal medicine, rest or exercise but do not follow a regular routine, you may prolong the amount of time it takes before you start noticing changes to your condition.

For most patients, the effects of treatment are cumulative. This means that each treatment builds on the previous one, so normally over a course of treatments, you will notice increasing changes from one session to the next.

How many treatments will I need?2021-10-19T15:42:36+01:00

This is subjective, and will vary from patient to patient. It will usually be determined by:

  • The condition you are having treatment for.
  • The length of time you have had it – Is it acute or chronic in nature?
  • The severity of your symptoms.
  • Any other underlying issues which may be involved.
  • Compliance with advice given by your practitioner – this may relate to herbal medicine, dietary or lifestyle advice or exercise.

Your attending practitioner will normally ask you to come for a follow-up treatment, where they can assess your response to the first treatment. This will also give them the opportunity to determine whether to continue with their original treatment plan or if it requires adjusting. Ultimately, this will help them determine how many subsequent sessions you may need.

What should I wear for my appointment or treatment?2021-10-19T15:37:12+01:00

If you are visiting Asante for either acupuncture or tuina, it would be helpful for you to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, such as tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt or jumper.

Depending upon what you are receiving treatment for, your practitioner may ask you to adjust or remove certain items of clothing so that he or she can access particular acupuncture points or areas for massage. This would also apply if your practitioner decides to use cupping or moxibustion therapy.

What should I expect during my consultation?2021-10-19T15:31:52+01:00

You will be seen by one of our highly trained and professional practitioners. He or she will discuss your main complaint or problem, as well as any related medical history and other related health concerns you may have. They will also examine your tongue and pulse (traditional methods of diagnosis).

If relevant, they may also look at medical reports or scans. They will then discuss the Chinese medical diagnosis with you and explain the relevant treatment options, designing a treatment plan that is most appropriate for you.

The process of consultation and treatment usually last about 1 hour, although this may be shorter if you are coming just for a herbal medicine consultation. For more information, please contact us directly.

Do you offer online consultations ?2021-10-19T14:29:14+01:00

Yes! We are happy to offer you an online consultation, usually via Zoom if you are unable to attend the clinic in person. For more information, please contact us directly.

How much does treatment cost?2021-10-19T14:26:30+01:00

The cost of treatment will depend upon which practitioner you see and also the length of your treatment session.

If your practitioners advises that you require Chinese herbal medicine, this will be priced separately to your other treatment.

Is Tuina used with any other treatments?2021-10-19T13:44:13+01:00

Yes. This is very common in China and in the West. Tuina massage is often used in conjunction with acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine. This combination of treatment modalities can reinforce and strengthen the therapeutic effects of acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine.


What should I expect from a Tuina massage treatment?2021-12-09T15:54:00+00:00

Your attending practitioner will first conduct a consultation with you, much as they would when giving acupuncture. They will ask about your primary complaint or problem, how long you have had it and other relevant information. They may also check your tongue and pulse to aid their diagnosis.

The style of tuina given will depend on the nature of your primary complaint. Our practitioners will always communicate with you to ensure that the pressure applied is not too painful or uncomfortable and to see how you are responding to the treatment.

In general, after a Tuina massage treatment, you may feel deeply relaxed or invigorated, depending upon the way in which the massage is applied. It is normal to sometimes feel slightly sore and achy after a deep tuina session, however, this is only temporary and usually passes quickly.

What is Tuina massage?2021-10-18T15:27:32+01:00

Tuina is a form of massage therapy used in China and as part of Chinese Medicine. It is based on Chinese Medicine theory and works through massage of acupoints and meridians as well as muscle groups and musculoskeletal joints in the body. It is sometimes referred to as Acupressure. Tuina differs from other massage systems in that it can be used for general well-being and relaxation, but also for treating musculoskeletal issues and a whole variety of health conditions.

Who can benefit from a Tuina Massage?2021-10-15T12:06:57+01:00

Tui Na massage is not only an effective treatment for musculo-skeletal problems, such as lower-back pain, frozen shoulder, slipped discs and fractures, but can also be effective for many other conditions, particularly digestive problems and insomnia.

How long does Tui Na massage last?2021-10-15T12:05:58+01:00

Including the consultation, a Tui Na massage treatment will last approximately 1 hour, although longer or shorter sessions can be requested.

Does a Tui Na Massage hurt?2021-12-09T16:05:09+00:00

Tui Na is mostly a gentle massage, but there are some techniques which an advanced Tui Na practitioner can use which may be uncomfortable.

If you are suffering from acute pain conditions or have long-standing chronic conditions, sometimes you may experience pain or discomfort when certain locations on the body are treated.

Our practitioners will maintain a dialog with you during treatment to ensure they are aware of how you feel, enabling them to regulate the depth and pressure of the massage.

What should I wear for Tuina massage?2021-10-15T12:04:12+01:00

Tui Na massage can be performed through clothing as well as directly on the skin with oils. You should inform your Tuina practitioner which you prefer.


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