- Shiatsu is a Japanese form of acupressure massage.
- It is based on the same points and meridians as acupuncture and is often called “acupuncture without needles.”
- A shiatsu therapist uses their thumbs, palms, and elbows to apply pressure to the body's tissues, relaxing areas of tension and supporting areas of weakness.
- Tui Na (pronounced Twee-Na) is a Chinese form of acupressure.
- Unlike shiatsu it involves constant movement such as rolling, kneading, and rocking motions.
- Its vigorous, stimulating style is perfect for releasing tense, tight muscles.
- Moxa therapy traditionally involves burning small amounts of mugwort herb on or above the skin over specific acupuncture points. Modern technology allows moxabustion to be applied with infrared light, eliminating smoke and the risk of burns.
- The heat stimulates and energizes the acu-points improving circulation of blood and Ki.
- The skin is protected by a thin layer of barrier cream, making the procedure painless and non-scarring.
- Moxa is especially effective for digestive problems, sprains, fractures, fatigue, and feeling cold.
- Cupping is an ancient practice found in many parts of the world, dating back to 3000 BCE.
- Evacuated glass cups are applied to the skin creating suction that draws out toxins and encourages movement of blood and Ki .
- Cupping works by drawing stagnant blood and toxins to the surface of the skin where they can be disposed of by the lymphatic system.
- Cupping can be performed without leaving marks.
Gua-sha (i.e. myofascial abrasion)
- Gua-sha (pronounced "gwa-sa") is centuries old technique for resolving muscular pain.
- A round edged tool is used to stroke the skin over muscular areas.
- Gua-sha resolves muscle spasms and pain, promotes normal circulation to muscles and tissues.
- Research shows that gua-sha increases microcirculation at the skins surface by four times, and can reduce inflammation.
- It is essential for restoring the quality and function of stiff, painful over-used muscles.
* A typical session will consist primarily of shiatsu with Tui Na, moxa, and cupping incorporated as needed or desired. Please inform me of your preferences. Moxa and cupping are not usually available until the second session, when the results of the first session have been evaluated.