Acupressure / Shiatsu
Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning “finger pressure”. Shiatsu massage uses acupressure techniques, which are applied with hands, thumbs, elbows and knees. The acupressure technique has its roots in acupuncture therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The difference between acupuncture and acupressure is that in the first case the practitioner uses very thin needles but in the case of acupressure the therapist uses hands and fingers for deep tissue pressure on the twelve body meridians.
Tuina is a method of Chinese bodywork characterized by the smooth gliding or rolling movements of the hands and arms. Through Tui (push) and na (grasp), kneading, pressing, rolling, shaking, and stretching of the body, acupoints are opened and qi flow is realigned in the musculo-tendon meridians. Tuina techniques are used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal and internal organ disorders by opening stagnant meridian channels and encouraging the flow of qi into deficient areas. Tuina utilizes Chinese Medicine theory in assessing energetic and functional disorders. In addition, the use of external herbal medicines and therapeutic exercise is also included.
Fire cupping is a traditional remedy in China; a vacuum is created with glass cups. Cupping is used for a variety of reasons; from strains and overuse of muscles, asthma, to preventing colds and dispersing those “knots" that just won't go away. Most people think it feels great! Cupping brings circulation (blood and Qi) to the area promoting healing on a deep level.