Tuina translates loosely into "push-grasp". Physically, it is the pressing and kneading with palms, fingertips, knuckles to help the body to remove blockages along the meridians of the body and stimulates the flow of qi and blood to promote healing, similar to principles of acupuncture and acupressure. Tuina's massage-like techniques range from light stroking to deep-tissue work which would be considered too vigorous or too painful for a recreational or relaxing massage.
It helps to relax tired and tense muscles, lower blood pressure, reduce back pain and treat most skeletal problems as well as stimulating the blood and lymphatic circulation.
Tuina massage is also used for beauty therapy in conjunction with a herbal facial treatment.