Tui Na is the 3rd Branch of Chinese Medicine. Mother of most modern massage modalities, Tui Na can relieve acute chronic pain of the joints, bones, muscles and tendons caused by injuries, surgery, or stress. Used locally, rather than as a full body technique, it is used to increase range of motion, relieve headaches, and pain to the neck, back, shoulder, and legs. Tui Na practitioners utilize vigorous techniques of acupressure, stretching, shaking and rotation to break up stagnation and free blockages of Qi and blood to restore movement and stimulate blood circulation.
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Chi Nei Tsang
Sometimes called applied Qigong, Chi Nei Tsang addresses the chi of the internal organs. Thus it is often identified with abdominal massage though we access the energy of the organs through the back as well. The belly is the brain of the body, storing a lifetime of memories and experiences and the emotions associated with them in the connective tissue and internal organs between skin and bones. This work is subtle, and over time can be quite profound, helping the student to release old patterns and traumas connecting the conscious with the unconscious.
Originating in Japan, Shiatsu is a healing system concentrating on balancing the body through acupressure. “Shi” (finger) and “atsu” (pressure) is applied with thumbs, fingers and palms to the body’s energy pathways meridians and incorporates stretching.
Originating in India and based on ayurvedic yoga, Thai Massage combines muscle compression, joint mobilization, stretching and acupressure along the meridians to energize and balance the body. Often the practitioner seems as if they are helping the other to be in positions similar to yoga asanas.