Arkansas Campus: 415-282-7600
Pioneer Square Campus: 415-355-1601
Clinic: 415-282-9603

Massage Clinic in the Bay Area

Graduates of ACTCM's Asian Body Therapy (ABT) Certificate programs offer clinic patients treatment in either Shiatsu or Tui Na Massage. For rates and availability, please contact the Clinic directly at (415) 282-9603.

To learn more about our massage offerings, please choose a topic:
What is Tui Na?
What is Shiatsu?

Stress Relief through Traditional Chinese Medicine

Tui Na is an ancient form of Chinese physical therapy, some 2000 years old. "Tui Na" combines the names of two of the hand techniques, "Tui" meaning "to push" and "Na" meaning "to lift and squeeze".

Tui Na is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is part of the formal training in TCM schools. This modality uses traction, massage and manipulation in conjunction with the stimulation of acupressure points. Tui Na provides stress relief and treats, or complements the treatment of, many conditions including musculoskeletal disorders and chronic stress-related disorders of the digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems.

With more than 365 hand techniques available, Tui Na treatments can range from those that are light and soothing to those that are strong and invigorating. By pressing, tapping, and kneading with palms, fingertips, knuckles or other implements, Tui Na therapists are able to remove energy blockages along the body's meridians and restore balance in the body in order to promote self-healing. Tui Na relieves pain, stimulates the immune system, Qi, blood and lymphatic flow, and generates a deep sense of harmony and relaxation in the patient.

In ancient China, medical therapy was often classified into "external" and "internal" treatments. TuiNa was one of the external methods, especially suitable for use on the elderly population and on infants. Today it is subdivided into specialized treatment for infants, adults, orthopedics, traumatology, cosmetology, rehabilitation, sports medicine, etc.

Pain Relief through Self-Healing

Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork. The term comes from the Japanese words "shi" and "atsu," meaning "finger" and "pressure". Similar to acupressure and acupuncture, Shiatsu concentrates on unblocking the flow of Qi and restoring balance in the body in order to promote self-healing.

Shiatsu therapists apply comfortable, sustained pressure to acu-points and areas of muscle tension. Therapists may utilize their fingers, palms, elbows or knees to apply this pressure to their clients, who are typically fully clothed in a reclining position.

Shiatsu massage treats common psychological and physical complaints such as depression, anxiety, nausea, stiffness, headaches, arthritis, cramps, or pulled muscles. Traditionally, Shiatsu involves deep breathing, rotation and stretching of the joints, and stimulation of pressure points. Shiatsu provides pain relief, stimulates the immune system, Qi, blood and lymphatic flow, and creates a deep sense of harmony and relaxation.

Learn more about our acupuncture clinics in the Bay Area.



A student prepares an herbal formula in the ACTCM Herbal Pharmacy.

  Alternative Medicine School San Francisco Copyright © 2011.
All Rights Reserved.
Main Campus
455 Arkansas Street
San Francisco 94107
(415) 282-7600 Phone
(415) 282-0856 Fax
Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic
450 Connecticut Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 282-9603 Phone
(415) 282-9037 Fax
Pioneer Square & Shuji Goto Library
555 De Haro Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 355-1601 Phone
Contact Us
Site Map