What is the difference between Tui Na and Shiatsu?

  • Both therapies are based on the same traditional Chinese medical theory.
  • Tui Na dates back over 4,000 years. However, around 1,000 years ago Tui Na was introduced into Japan, where it was modified to become what is now known as Shiatsu.
  • Tui Na has a huge arsenal of robust pressure and manipulative techniques all of which require diverse movements. Shiatsu by comparison is very slow, gentle and static with lots of sustained presses.
  • Shiatsu  is done on the floor like Thai Massage, but Tui Na uses a simple upright chair and couch.
Tui Na
Maria Mercati demonstrating Tui Na - rolling techniques on the shoulder of Graham Mercati