• Bodywork Therapy

  • Tui-Na

    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 propel stagnation of blood inĀ  muscle tissue, and relieve circulatory congestion. At an advanced level, the technique of spinal and bone manipulation can be prescribed, to further maintain body/meridian integrity.


    Various cultures have influenced Chinese medicine throughout its history and adapted their own techniques to reflect the needs and preferences of their people. In Japan, ‘Shiatsu‘ is a well-known traditional type of bodywork. 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.