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Tui Na Medical Bodywork

Tui Na (pron. twee na) is the bodywork system of Chinese medicine, also known as Chinese medical massage, and has been in use for over 2000 years.​

Tui Na treats and prevents disease by using diagnostic techniques to identify tension, damage, weakness and imbalances in the soft tissues, joint alignments & the bodies regulatory processes, and by applying therapeutic massage techniques and manipulations to the body, stimulating the repair and re-alignment of the tissues, and a return to normal function.

Within treatments, cupping, acupuncture and moxa (heat) are also commonly used as well as topical herbal medicine in the form of oils, lotions and liniments.

Tui Na shares the same principles of meridians and points as traditional acupuncture, though places more focus on the realignment of the connective tissues of the body, so is great for musculoskeletal injuries and issues.

Tui Na is commonly used to:

  • Repair both acute & chronic musculoskeletal injuries

  • Alleviate asthma & breathing difficulties

  • Regulate digestive disorders

  • Regulate menstruation

By focussing on:

  • Breaking down scar tissue and adhesions

  • Realigning the tissues and joints, and lubricating the joints


  • Repairing soft tissue damage


  • Strengthening the immune system


  • Regulating the flow of blood and qi

  • Accelerating healing

  • Calming the mind

  • Reducing the risk of recurring injuries

  • Releasing the chest & diaphragm & rooting the breath

  • Regulating smooth movement throughout the digestive process

I hold a Tui Na diploma, having trained under Rob Aspell with Xian Tian College, with insurance from Balens.

If you would like to book an appointment, or to discuss treatment contact me at

I run a clinic at Port O' Leith Boxing Gym, Craighall Road, Edinburgh, EH6 4RR (directions).

Treatments are £65 for initial consultation & treatment (Member offers are available for Port O' Leith Boxing & Edinburgh Tai Chi members)



"I have been seeing James for a few months now, every appointment has been amazing, he really knows what he is talking about and after my endless list of issues he has kept the treatments right for me. Very professional and puts me at ease after every appointment."


"James is very knowledgeable and professional. Without fail, I feel so much better after my

tui na treatments.  I can't recommend James enough!"


"I visited James to seek help for tendonitis in my shoulder, which was so severe that I could not twist my arm, tuck in my shirt etc.
After the first visit I could twist my arm again and with follow-up visits using a mixture of 'cupping', massage and traction I am now almost completely back to normal.
James is attentive to the patient's needs, communicates clearly and never rushes.
I would recommend 100%"


"I went to James with a chest congestion and immune system issue as my GP was unable to find a solution.  James assessed and diagnosed my problem, and within two sessions my breathing difficulties were resolved. Thank you James"


"I have been treated by James for about 4 months now and the results are incredible. I go to James to be treated for a wide range of issues ranging from a painful shoulder to low energy levels. I have seen improvements on everything we work on, particularly on the mental health related issues.
James has been incredibly adaptable. The treatment I receive is based on how I have been since the previous treatment and on that day. I find this flexibility incredibly helpful as it means that I can plan my appointments in advance and address issues as they arise. I come away from appointments with recommendations relating to my lifestyle and diet and I can see my health improving. I couldn't recommend this more!"


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