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by Tom Kennedy MBAcC

Tuina is part of the traditional medicine of China. Central to the understanding of this medicine is the concept of qi. Qi is the life force or vital energy which flows through all living things, including our own bodies.

In a healthy person, qi flows smoothly around the body. If, however, the flow is disrupted then illness can occur. Tuina aims to rebalance both the flow of qi and the muscles and joints through gentle, but stimulating massage techniques.  These techniques work on the whole body and on specific acupuncture points.  Treatments are carried out over clothing, either sitting in a chair, or lying on a massage table.

Tuina can help a wide variety of conditions including: back pain, neck pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, ligament injuries, tendonitis, RSI, athritis/rheumatism, migraine, neurological conditions etc.

I initially began training in tuina in 2004 during my acupuncture degree at Westminster University.  Since then, I have undertaken further training in tuina for physical pain and injury rehabilitation.  I have found that tuina and acupuncture complement each other very well, and I often suggest a mixture of the two treatments within the same session.  I use acupuncture for quite specific purposes, but tuina can be used in a more flexible way to relax and release larger areas of the body.  I also use it to unify and reconnect the body, for example by frequently working down the arms and legs during neck, shoulder and back treatments.

The strength and emphasis of the treatment is very much tailored to the individual – for example, a frail elderly patient may require gentle, nourishing techniques, whilst an injured rugby player would probably need something more vigorous and stimulating in order to improve.

I’ve had very good feedback about tuina from my patients, and not just from those who aren’t keen on needles.  Typically they are left feeling relaxed but invigorated, and I have found the success of my treatments has increased since integrating tuina.

If you’d like to try tuina, I’m running the following promotion until the end of 2010:

20 minute tuina ‘taster’ session (neck and shoulders, or back and legs) for just £10.  Available Wednesday afternoons – please ask for a 20 minute session when booking.

Tom Kennedy MBAcC (


November 2, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Hawaiian Momi-Lomi Massage for Pregnancy

by Leanna Broom Ph.D. M.N.I.M.H., M.A.M.H., M.R.C.H.M.

If only Hawaiian Momi Lomi massage had been available when I carried my two babies, over twenty years ago. I would have booked one at least once a week. The massage is so very soothing and nurturing for both mother and un-born baby. Mum to-be lays on her side with her arm, leg, tummy and head supported by a body pillow and she is sensitively covered with silky drapes and in the background soft Hawaiian music, yields itself to a perfect setting.

She gets massaged with warm oil, gently yet effectively and then onto her other side. This helps the circulation (varicose veins can be eased) the skin tone of the body can improve (stretch marks can be reduced) and relief for an aching back and aching legs.

Both hands and forearms are used in the massage, and it leaves a sense of an overall feel good feeling of mental and physical relaxation and leaves her in a peaceful space. After the massage she is allowed to lie for a time – on her left side Mums to-be need pampering, after all they are about to embark on the most exacting job of the world, becoming a Mother.

Leanna Broom is qualified in Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi massage and in Momi–Lomi Pregnancy massage. She is a formally trained and qualified Consultant Chinese & Western Medical Herbalist and specializes in Women’s Health and Skin Problems using Western, Chinese & Ayurvedic herbs in bespoke formulas.

July 24, 2010 at 11:41 am

La Stone Massage: a new therapy at the Natural Health Clinic


by Claire Rees

There are many benefits of this therapy, which has its roots in Native American tradition. Originating in Arizona USA, the stones enable the therapist to work deeply using temperature and a variety of techniques. Benefits of using hot and cold application on the body have been scientifically and medically proven.

The stones are used hot and cold, and enable the therapist to work deeply by alternate applications, which can have a penetrating effect on the physiological systems of the body. The alternating temperatures encourage a deep sense of relaxation and invigoration.

The heated stones warm and relax muscle tissue, increasing the circulation of blood, lymph, and digestive fluids. Chilled stones can ease swelling, congestion and pain, stimulate the nervous system, increase metabolism and tone systems of the body.

The combination creates a natural healing, with a cleansing and nourishing effect.

During the 90-minute treatment, stones are placed underneath and on top of the body enabling treatment to take place simultaneously on both sides of the body. The client is covered with a large sheet with only the area being worked on exposed. Warm oil is applied with the hands at first and then the stones are introduced accordingly – deep relaxation follows.

May 7, 2008 at 11:16 am

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