Tuina – a needle free alternative to acupuncture

Are you one of the many people interested in the health benefits of acupuncture, but are deeply afraid of needles, Tuina Chinese medical acupressure may be for you. This ancient Chinese therapy is guided by the same principles of acupuncture, but without the insertion of fine needles into your skin.

Located in Galway, the Smiling Body Clinic specialises in eastern medicine with solid background in western healthcare knowledge, to diagnose and treat health problems, including injuries and chronic conditions.

We understand that for people with a real needle phobia, acupuncture isn’t a viable remedy for musculoskeletal and chronic pain. As practitioners of Tuina Chinese medical acupressure, however, we’re able to offer these patients the same benefits as acupuncture in the form of a relaxing, deep-tissue massage.

There are more than 200 pressure points on the body that help heal pain. These points are located on meridians along the body that make way for Qi, or Chi, a kind of essential energy to flow freely. In Chinese medicine, Qi is a vital energy force uniting the body, mind and spirit. When pain is present, it’s indicative of an imbalance in the body, and Qi not being able to run its course.

Much like acupuncture, Tuina Chinese medical acupressure stimulates the blockage, opening up channels for Qi to travel and restoring balance. By applying deep tissue massage on various acupressure points, Tuina helps the body’s blood circulation harmonise with the flow of  Qi. By doing so, the body produces natural painkillers, such as endorphins, to relieve pain.

Tuina Chinese medical acupressure is an effective and natural treatment, with no adverse side effects. As well as being an option for those who fear needles, it’s also ideal for children and seniors. While Tuina Chinese medical acupressure works well independently, our practitioners combine it with other therapeutic treatments, such as nutrition advise, to meet a patient’s unique health-care needs.

The treatment is delivered in a comfortable, clean and compassionate environment, with the goal of providing patients with the best rehabilitative treatment in the Galway Area, so they can return to the activities of their daily lives as soon as possible.

To book an appointment, call (087) 785 1158. Fee list here.