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The Phoenix & Dragon Austin acupuncturist provides a selection of massage therapy services for local patients. Sharon Shuppert, Dipl. OM, L.Ac. has advanced training in Tui Na and Shiatsu. You may book an appointment online at

Massage Therapy Q & A

What is Tui Na?

Pronounced “twee naw”, Tui Na is therapeutic massage treatment originating from Traditional Chinese Medicine. The meaning of the words actually means “pinch and pull” and that’s what you can expect from this procedure. Like many other TCM practices, Tui Na is directed at manipulating the Qi to bring harmony to the body’s yin and yang. Commonly used to relieve musculoskeletal injuries, Tui Na uses finger pressure points for stimulation as opposed to inserting needles like in acupuncture.

What is Shiatsu?

Originating from Japan, Shiatsu is a type of bodywork procedure that consists of kneading, stretching, tapping, pressing, and soothing techniques.

Shiatsu benefits both physical and mental well-being. It has effectively treated a number of emotional, internal, and musculoskeletal problems. In addition, Shiatsu has been beneficial for those with PMS, insomnia, anxiety, digestive disorders, headaches, and various types of pain such as low back and neck pain.

I am happy to discuss which type of massage therapy would best suit your case. Schedule an appointment now at

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