Shiatsu is a form of therapeutic bodywork from Japan. It uses kneading, pressing, soothing, tapping, and stretching techniques and is performed without oils through light, comfortable clothing.
"Shiatsu" translates as "finger pressure." There are different styles of Shiatsu, all of which have roots in one of three systems that developed in Japan in the early 1900s as a result of a resurgence of Japan's traditional medical therapies, including acupuncture and anma massage. Shiatsu developed at this time from the integration of traditional Japanese manual therapies with modern western medical knowledge.
In the U.S., Shiatsu is one of the main therapies within the larger profession of Asian Bodywork Therapy.
Gua Sha is a healing technique that involves rubbing the skin with a dull edge to eliminate toxic residue from the underlying tissue that has built up through repetitive chronic inflammation. This cutaneous palpation creates a comfortable sensation and is used for chronic chest congestion and for breaking up old scar tissue caused by injury or general wear and tear.
Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the skin. The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Once suctioned, the cups are generally left in place for about ten minutes while the patient relaxes.
Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system . Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines and rheumatism and is an excellent modality for lung congestion – especially bronchitis and asthma.
Lisa Noto M.S. L.Ac I
have been practicing Eastern medicine for more than 24 years. My first encounter with Eastern modalities came with the birth of my daughter 25 years ago. About two weeks after her birth, I began to experience postpartum depression. I went to my doctor and all that was offered were antidepressant medicine. I was never a person to take drugs, so I searched for an alternative cure. I was introduced to Shiatsu (Japanese Acupuncture) by a friend. After my first treatment, I felt like someone “turned the light back on” in my body and my brain. I continued treatment and kept getting more energy and feeling like I was 16 again. I knew more people needed to experience this work and to be educated in alternative therapies in order to regain health.
I became a certified Ohashi Shiatsu practitioner, Master Reiki and Thai massage therapist and opened a practice in Pennsylvania in 1994. I was surprised to see how many other people were searching for holistic ways to heal.
From 2000 to 2003, I studied Acupuncture at Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City. I hold a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture, accredited by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and licensed by the North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board.
I have had the pleasure of studying with many notable acupuncture teachers such as:
Japanese Meridian Acupuncture with Kiiko Matsumoto.
Balance Method with Dr. Richard Tan.
Trigger Point Release with Dr. Mark Seem
Tuina with Jeffrey Yuen.
Cosmetic Acupuncture with Martha Lucas, Mary Elizabeth Wakefield and Michelle Gellis.
I am also interested in teaching the importance of Food as our Medicine.
I am certified in Mei Zen Facial Rejuvenation, using acupuncture and acupuressure to revitalize the skin of the face and neck.
I am proud and humbled to be a part of this wonderful healing medicine that brings natural relief and vibrant health to the masses.