Shiatsu Massage is traditional Japanese Massage. The Japanese and Chinese have a very similar understanding of channels, meridians, and acupoints. The word for acupoint in Japanese is Tsubo. A Shiatsu Massage therapist moves qi by applying pressure to the majority of Tsubos on the human body. Their method is centuries old, and is unique as it normalizes the movement of qi. For a patient, the results are often regarded as firstly, harmonizing and relaxing,  and later energizing and stimulating.

A Traditional Shiatsu Massage is performed on a thick mat which is placed on the floor. The patient is fully clothed in loose clothing and begins the massage in a prone position, with head turned to the side on the mat. The massage lasts approximately 90 minutes, with a few minutes reserved for an intake.

TuiNa is traditional Chinese Medical Massage. TuiNa’s focus is more specific in comparison to Shiatsu. Both utilize acupoints to move qi and blood, but TuiNa has several techniques specifically developed to relieve local qi and blood stagnation. Therefore, TuiNa is the massage I employ for acute conditions affecting one to a few areas of the body.

In my practice, I have incorporated techniques from these two traditional methods of massage as well as some Thai Massage influences.

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