Japanese acupressure known as Shiatsu is acupuncture without needles. Shiatsu manipulates acupuncture points to stimulate the body's circulatory and autonomic nervous systems. It is a traditional Japanese massage technique in which vertical and continuous pressure is applied to acupuncture points on the body by the therapists' thumbs and palms to relieve tension and pain and to improve the function of internal organs. Shiatu's deep and gentle pressure puts both the body and mind into a deep state of relaxation.
Tui na which literally translates as "push pull", is a form of Chinese medical massage. Tui na uses rhythmic compression along the acupuncture meridians as well as a variety of techniques that manipulate and lubricate the joints. Tui na directly affects the flow of energy by holding and pressing acupuncture points. Tui na is the form of Asian body work most closely resembling conventional Western massage. Despite the similarities, the intent of Tui na is more specifically therapeutic than the simple relaxation of Swedish style massage. One of Tui na's advantage over simple massage is its ability to focus on specific problems, especially chronic pain associated with muscles, joints and skeletal system. As with other styles of Asian bodywork, Tui na is designed to prevent problems as well as correct them. By keeping the body in balance, health is maintained. Not just physical health, but mental and emotional health as well.