Shiatsu is a massage therapy initiated in China in 400 CE, but flourished fully in the hands of the Japanese in 550 CE. Shiatsu therapy stimulates the immune system by using the fingers and palms of the hands to apply pressure to particular surfaces of the body for the purpose of correcting imbalances of the body. Shiatsu is known to be beneficial to the nervous system, circulatory system, bones and muscles.
Tui Na is a 2,000-year-old Chinese manipulative therapy that uses a hands-on approach to access acupuncture and acupressure points. This bodywork is used to stimulate the movement of energy in both the meridians and muscles. It is an excellent modality to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
Tui Na was often classified as an “external” treatment in ancient China. This less invasive modality has proven through the years to be especially effective for elderly, infant and gravely ill patients, but is certainly not limited to these types of patients. Tui Na is an excellent massage therapy for physical trauma, and rehabilitation, sports injuries and chronic pain, as well as disorders of the digestive, respiratory and reproductive system.