Tui Na & Shiatsu
Tui Na is a hands-on body medical massage treatment that uses Chinese Taoist and martial art principles to bring the body to balance. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press and rub the areas between each of the joints (known as the eight gates) to open the body's defensive (wei) chi and get the energy moving in both the meridians and the muscles. The practitioner can then use range of motion, traction, massage, and the stimulation of acupressure points to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions. Its signature hand technique is called rolling where the back of the hand is rolled repeatedly over regions of the body to increase circulation and move qi. It is a very soothing to receive. The acupuncture points are directly stimulated with thumb pressure, and meridian pathways are rubbed much like Swedish massage but with a different intention by the acupuncturist and a different experience by the patient.
Shiatsu is the traditional hands-on medical massage treatment that developed in Japan. Kimbiki or rocking is a signature technique in shiatsu. It is rhythmic and comforting. Shiatsu also has a very elaborate and distinct hara or belly diagnosis. There are also many stretches to improve flow in the meridians and increase circulation.
Both techniques can be used in addition to acupuncture to enhance the treatment and relax the patient