Tuina (pronounced "tway-nah") is a form of Chinese medical massage that is performed with no oil and with the clothes on. It is a series of techniques that manipulate the soft tissues and fascia, increasing circulation, harmonizing the flow of Qi and blood, relaxing tight muscles, and releasing unnatural holding patterns.
Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning “finger pressure”. While its historical roots can be traced to China, it evolved into a distinct art in Japan over hundreds of years. No oils are used and the recipient remains clothed. Light to medium pressure is applied with the thumbs, fingers, and hands along channels or “meridians” that help to balance and free the flow of physical and mental energy. When appropriate, a shiatsu therapist can also create deep pressure.
Massage therapy is often done in conjunction with Acupuncture treatments to obtain the best results.