• Bodywork Therapy


    Asian bodywork is at the root of Traditional Chinese medicine. Before acupuncture and herbal medicine, there was bodywork therapy. Referred to as ‘Anma’ and later as ‘Tui-na’ in China, and ‘Shiatsu’ in Japan, the origins of this ancient medicine began with manual techniques.


    Translated from Mandarin as “push/pull”, Tui-Na is a complete system of body maintenance. In China, there are specific Tui-na hospitals, or wards within certain hospitals, devoted specifically to its practice.

    The main principles of Tui-na are rooted in Chinese medicine, i.e., the balancing of the internal and/or external environment to achieve balance/homeostasis. The modality itself is a combination of various manual techniques to release stagnation of muscle tissue, propel blood and relieve circulatory congestion. At an advanced level, ‘bone setting’ is often utilized and can mimic Western Chiropractic techniques with an emphasis on maintaining meridian equilibrium.


    Various cultures have influenced Chinese medicine throughout its history and adapted their own techniques to reflect the needs and style of their own people. In Japan, one popular bodywork style is called ‘Shiatsu’. Shiatsu, is also based on the principles of meridian balance, but maintains specific diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that are uniquely Japanese. Practitioners of Shiatsu may utilize various techniques involving finger, hand, knuckle, elbow, knee and foot pressure, as well as assisted stretching, lifting, pulling, rocking, holding, etc.  A practitioner may work either traditionally- on the floor with tatami mats and bolster pillows-  or in a more modern adapted style on a massage table.