Tui Na Massage

What is Tui Na?

Tui na is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine along with acupuncture and herbalism. Written records of tui na date back over 2500 years.

Tui na uses massage, acupressure and joint manipulation to promote a more balanced physical and emotional state. Its philosophy is that in health there is a continuous flow of Qi (vital energy) through pathways called meridians. Injury and illness disturb the flow of Qi and lead to further symptoms of disease and loss of wellbeing.

Tui na seeks to restore the flow of Qi through massage along the meridians and application of pressure to specific points along them. Tui na also works to relax muscles and generally free the body of tension, and this, along with the acupressure and Joint manipulation, creates the conditions for healing to take place. The treatment is invigorating, and most clients report an immediate uplifting of spirits and sense of well being.

What can it help?

Counteracting the physical and emotional factors that impede the flow of Qi, tui na has beneficial effects on all manner of conditions and pain relief. Tui na is particularly good for the following conditions:

  • Back /neck pain.
  • Stiffness.
  • Joint disorders.
  • Arthritis.
  • Muscle tension/Muscle tone problems.
  • Sciatica.
  • Nervous disorders.
  • All Stress related conditions.

Tui Na, like other branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine was originally used for health maintenance, helping to prevent illness from taking place. Regular treatments will promote good physical and mental health.

The Treatment

Tui na is an holistic therapy in which body, mind and spirit are seen as interrelated.

Although treatment will focus on problem areas, the whole body is treated to ensure that underlying conditions are also dealt with.

Tui na is commonly practiced through clothing and without oils. Loose clothing made from natural fibres is preferred.

Clients will be consulted before treatment on general health issues and specific conditions.

Tui na should not be applied to areas of broken skin, eczema, psoriasis, shingles etc, but if these are current problems it can be applied to other areas of the body.

A wide range of techniques are used during treatment and there will be a mixture of massage, acupressure and joint manipulation. This will vary according to the needs of the client.


I have received Tui Na massage on a regular basis. Apart from producing a deep sense of well being, it has helped me with painful shoulders and mentally through a divorce. I thoroughly recommend him.

…after three sessions an agonising pain in my left shoulder subsided … the pain relief is wonderful.

…has almost completely cured my frozen shoulder and considerably improved my posture.

…after each session I feel invigorated and fully alive. I suffer from stiff muscles in my neck and back due to a malformed hip joint and have at last found something that works to relieve this.

The Practitioner

Alan first became acquainted with Tui Na at Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1996. Since then, as well as study in England, he has made two further visits to China, successfully completing advanced study courses in Tui Na. (Zhejiang College of TCM, Hang zhou , 2001 and 2003). Alan also teaches Taijiquan and Qigong in and around Oxford. He has studied these disciplines for over thirty years and is a member of the Chinese Internal Arts Association.

Alan is a full member of the United Kingdom Register for Tui Na Massage MRTCM

Place of Treatment

Cholsey Pavilion. Station Road, Cholsey, Nr.Wallingford (Mondays 09.00 - 13.00 and Fridays 14.00 - 21.00)

To book treatments contact Alan directly on 01491 200471 or 07971 261696 or Email

1 hour £45 or £25 for 1/2 hour

Home visits can be arranged for those who can't attend the clinic in Cholsey. The cost is £45 plus expenses depending on length of journey.