Deck the Halls with Asian Bodywork

Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-Tui Na!

As a center for holistic health, Healing Foundations is pleased to offer multiple modalities for healing and preventative wellness. For feel-good healthcare without needles, Shiatsu, Tui Na and Thai Massage are just three among our offerings.

Translated as “finger pressure,” Shiatsu is a form of therapeutic massage that became popular in 17th century Japan. Fingers, thumbs, and palms of hands are used in kneading, pressing, and tapping muscles, connective tissues and joints. Sure, Shiatsu can help smooth out tight or sore muscles, but it also increases circulation and promotes relaxation by concentrating on the body’s overriding flow of energy. As with any bodywork session, it’s important to convey your goals to your massage therapist. Your Shiatsu session may be aimed at treating a specific issue, such as stress and anxiety, digestive or musculoskeletal disorders, and can be invigorating or calming—all depending on the goals you discuss with your therapist before your session.

Tui Na
As one of the branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tui Na [‘twee-nah’] combines the science and benefits of acutherapy with all the things you know and love about massage to treat both muscluoskeletal issues and internal disorders such as colds or upset stomach.  Muscles and tendons are manipulated with a variety of familiar massage techniques, however Tui Na pays special attention to acupressure points along the body’s meridians. Without needles, a therapist applies pressure with the fingers and hands to release muscle tension and increase circulation to address a specific concern—whether acute or chronic. As part of a integrative treatment, your Tui Na practitioner may prescribe Chinese herbs or include cupping or gua sha, and in some instances may also suggest including acupuncture (with needles) to enhance your treatment protocol. 

Thai Massage
Sometimes called “yoga massage”, Thai bodywork also employs acupressure techniques along with stretching. This ancient form of massage is a fusion of Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine principles. Similar to Chinese Medicine, one of the fundamental principles of traditional Thai medicine is that energy flows through the body along ten major channels, or "sen lines." Sometimes a little more ‘dynamic’ and interactive than some other massage techniques, your therapist uses their whole body to leverage prescribed stretches and pressure points to restore circulation to treat pain, stress and structural tension.

Preparing for your bodywork session
Healing Foundations provides a safe, clean, and relaxing environment. All bodywork sessions at Healing Foundations are performed with the patient clothed; please wear or bring loose, comfortable clothing to your appointment. Arrive a few minutes before your scheduled time, to relax and complete your intake paperwork—and we'll take it from there!

We send our best wishes for your health and happiness this holiday season, and every day of the year.