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SWAC Wellness Fair Spotlight: Tui Na

By Kim Burkinshaw and Michael Finnegan

Tui Na is the ancient healing art of Traditional Chinese Medicine, along with acupuncture and herbal medicine. The name Tui Na means to push (Tui) and grasp (Na) and conveys the vigorous nature of this hands on healing system. It not only works on the muscles and joints, but also at a deeper level affecting the flow of energy called qi (pronounced chee). In the body, qi flows through channels, called meridians, and supplies nourishment to all the organs, tissues, and the mind. Tui Na applies pressure to the meridians and to specific points on these meridians. This affects the flow of qi so that it moves freely and evenly throughout the body. The distribution of qi within your body has profound effects on all aspects of your wellbeing: emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual.

According to Chinese Medicine, disease is caused by imbalances and blockages of the flow of qi in your body. Your practitioner will ask you questions about health and lifestyle to find where the qi is imbalanced, indicating what meridians and points need to be treated in order to restore balance to your body. Senior students will be performing Tui Na at the SWAC Wellness Fair on July 13th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

The SWAC Wellness Fair is free of charge and will be scheduled on a first-booked, first-served basis. Other modalities include acupuncture, five element constitutional diagnosis, and Chinese dietary assessment. SWAC is located at 1622 Galisteo Street in Santa Fe. Appointments for Tui Na, as well as all other modalities, can be scheduled by calling the SWAC clinic at (505) 438-8880.