Which Type of Massage is Right for You? 


With so many massage types or "modalities" out there, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out which one is right for you. Each massage modality is unique and uses different techniques to best address the needs of the patient. One common trait you will find amongst the Asian modalities is that they are performed with the patient's clothes on, unlike Western "Swedish" massages, which use oils and are done without clothing. Find out more about the different styles below and click on the links to watch short video demos of each, performed by Pacific College faculty experts.    


Swedish Massage: This is the most commonly practiced form of Western massage. If you're going to a spa, they will offer Swedish massage. It uses a variety of techniques to relax muscles by applying light, moderate, or deep pressure to muscles and bones, and increases the range of motion at joints and promotes blood circulation to the heart. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. If you're looking for...READ MORE 

Chinese...Japanese...Is Acupuncture
All the Same? 


Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Chinese and Japanese acupuncture? Is one better than the other? Maybe you've never had acupuncture before and you're not sure who to go to...well, today we're going behind the scenes with Japanese Acupuncturist and Pacific College Faculty Member KC Conover and Chinese Acupuncturist and Pacific College Clinic Director Dr. Greg Sperber to uncover some of the unique qualities that distinguish these two acupuncture styles.


First off, let's look briefly at the history of acupuncture. This healing method originated in ancient China and from there, expanded into Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Every culture since then has developed their own signature style of acupuncture, but the roots remain grounded in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). This means that Japanese acupuncturists are taught TCM to begin with and from there pursue a Japanese traditional, apprentice-style training to develop the Japanese style...READ MORE

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