Master’s program students — under the supervision of a licensed therapist — provide a Chinese style of massage utilizing techniques like kneading, pressing, rolling, shaking and stretching to treat musculoskeletal problems and improve the functions of the channels, internal organs, tendons, bones and joints. In China, tuina (pronounced twee-Nah) is regarded as a form of physical therapy, often prescribed as an adjunct to acupuncture. In Chinese, the words Tui Na mean “push-grasp” and describes a style of bodywork that was potentially developed as early as the Shang Dynasty, 1700 BCE.
In a typical tuina session, the treatment begins with a conversation about the state of a person’s health, health history, allergies, medical conditions and desired treatment outcome. Depending upon the area of the body being treated, the patient will then lie down on a massage table, face up or face down. Patients either loosen clothing or wear a gown. Occasionally draping is moved to expose an area of the patient’s body that requires direct skin contact. Fragrant oils may be utilized in conjunction with techniques such as rubbing and kneading.
Tuina is used to treat many conditions including musculoskeletal disorders, chronic stress and disorders of the digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems. Techniques include pressing, tapping, kneading and stretching performed by the palms, fingertips, knuckles and elbows. These forms of therapeutic touch remove blockages along the meridians and stimulate the flow of qi and blood. The severity of the condition and the patient’s response to treatment will determine how many sessions are required to bring about a satisfactory resolution of any complaint.
$25 per visit
Master’s program students provide Japanese-style acupressure massage under the supervision of a licensed therapist. Shiatsu (pronounced shee-Aht-soo) seeks to enhance the flow of qi by stimulating pressure points with fingers, hands and arms. In practice, shiatsu is deeply relaxing, and promotes the connection of body and mind through the healing power of touch.
Shiatsu is effective alone or in combination with acupuncture and herbal medicine. The experience of a shiatsu massage is quite different from other forms of massage. At the start of treatment, the practitioner presses on the abdomen, or hara, to assess the activity of the internal organs and channels. This assessment guides the course of the session. Treatment is typically done on a futon mat on the floor, with the patient fully clothed, while the practitioner applies a rhythmic pressure along the meridians. As the practitioner presses, blocked qi is moved and the patient typically experiences both deeply energizing and relaxing effects.
Shiatsu can treat a wide range of conditions including chronic health conditions, musculoskeletal pain, digestive disorders, mental health, anxiety and menstrual symptoms. As with acupuncture, the effects of shiatsu are cumulative, so it may take 3-5 sessions to obtain desired results.
$25 per visit