Shiatsu literally means “finger pressure” in Japanese. The pressure is applied by pressing and holding therapeutic points along channels or meridians of the body using: thumb, fingers and palms and elbows. The pressure can be firm, but also light depending on the area being treated and the preference of the recipient. The recipient is fully clothed so that stretching, Tui Na and manipulative techniques can also be added as adjunct therapy modalities to the treatment. The treatment may be deeply relaxing and invigorating depending on the client’s preference and need.
The treatment is both physiologically based in its approach to treating the body’s tissues as well as energetic. The aim of the Shiatsu is to relax the body’s nervous system from sympathetic to parasympathetic state and balance out the energy.
Concerns commonly addressed by Shiatsu are: Stress and muscle tightness, Neck and shoulder pain, lower back issues, Head aches, menstrual issues, digestive difficulties and many more.
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Tui Na Therapy
It is a branch of the Traditional Chinese Medical system. This form of hands on therapy is often used in conjunction with Chinese herbal therapy and acupuncture. It is a form of bodywork that, depending on the school of thought, may include up to twenty seven forms of massage techniques to be used in tissue manipulation. Some of these techniques include: pressing, gentle pulling, brushing, kneading, rolling, tapping, rubbing, and gentle stretching to promote physiological and energetic health.
Concerns commonly addressed by Tui na practitioners:
Musculoskeletal issues, such as: back and neck pain, frozen shoulder, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel and more.
Deeper issues, such as: Asthma and wheezing, hypertension, Bell’s Palsy and more.