Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies

Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies from Melbourne Shiatsu & Ofuro

By: Melbourne Shiatsu & Ofuro  08-May-2011
Keywords: Back Pain, Massage Therapy, Body Massage

The modalities of treatment I use are outlined below. These are fully explained to and discussed with the client. No treatment is performed without the client's consent.


A form of body work performed traditionally on a futon on the floor with patient fully clothed.  Various techniques are employed and chosen as appropriate. Treatments may use many parts of the body including hands, fingers, forearms, elbows, knees and feet.  Shiatsu is a meridian (energetic pathways of the body) based therapy. Based on the principles of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), shiatsu encourages energetic and blood circulation throughout the body to aid in maintaining health.

A technique where the herb “Mugwort” is burnt on the skin to produce a therapeutic effect.  Moxa can burn quickly and produce a large amount of smoke.  Moxa can often leave a temporary slight yellow residue on the skin.

A technique using glass cups that have been applied to the skin using heat (fire) to produce a strong suction effect.  The skin will raise and often be discoloured and/or bruised, this is a normal response that may last over a week.  In this technique oil is applied onto the skin.

similar to acupuncture only using fingure pressure as apposed to needles.

Gua Sha (scraping or spooning):
A technique where a tool such as a spoon or coin is used to scrape the skin after oil has been applied.  This technique may leave discoloration and/or bruising on the treated area; this is normal and may last over a week.

Keywords: Alternative Medicine, Back Pain, Body Massage, Massage & Therapy, Massage Therapy, Pregnancy Massage

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