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Zheng Gu Tui Na -
Chinese Medical Massage

Zheng Gu Tui Na -
Chinese Medical Massage

Zheng Gu Tui Na is an advanced form of Chinese Medical Massage that works to correct structural alignment and orthopedic imbalances. It also aids in the treatment of various internal conditions, such as: asthma, hypertension, dysmenorrhea and the repair of wind stroke/partial paralysis. 

Once alignment and balancing is done, the body’s natural process of healing kicks in - and blood, fluid and energy flow is restored. Zheng Gu Tui Na is generally accompanied by acupuncture, herbal medicine, internal martial arts and diet to further address the body's internal imbalances - moving the patient towards self-care.

Zheng gu means “upright bone,” and refers to the physical manipulation of the joints and bones. Tui Na means "push and grasp." The term Tui Na alone, also refers to the more common form of basic Chinese Medical Massage. However, the combined term Zheng Gu Tui Na refers to the combination of these two methods - and a much more intricate form of Chinese Medical Massage techniques which address both internal and external conditions.

Many professional athletes, MMA fighters and martial artists have benefitted from the advanced form of healing available from the Zheng Gu Tui Na system - but it is also applicable to any person with an active lifestyle who finds themselves out of balance or in discomfort.

Unlike chiropractic and osteopathic adjustments, Zheng Gu Tui Na takes a global approach by adjusting surrounding soft tissues, muscles and fascia  - rebalancing the physical, and potentially emotional and psychological, components of health issues.    


Tui Na is a basic form of  Chinese medical massage, and is commonly taught in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) schools over a short course of training. However, Zheng Gu style of Tui Na's (Zheng Gu Tui Na) is much more complex. This form of Chinese medical massage has traditionally only been taught through one-on-one (Student - Mentor) apprenticeships with an advanced TCM Practitioner, and over many years of intensive study. 

In 1997 New York City based Chinese Medicine and Martial Arts practitioners Frank Butler and Tom Bisio  created a formalized Zheng Gu Tui Na training program - combining their Tui Na and Zheng Gu (bone-setting) training and skills learned from their own mentors and teachers over a lifetime of study.


They began teaching Zheng Gu Tui Na's advanced Chinese Medical massage techniques to Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners through long-term, intensified trainings, and through multi-year clinical internships.


Ten years later (2007) the Zheng Gu Tui Na training program was followed by a hardcover textbook, Zheng Gu Tui Na: A Chinese Medical Massage Textbook detailing the Zheng Gu Tui Na methods - including internal martial arts instruction and specialized hand-techniques.


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