Health Care in Harmony with Nature
Dr. Arlan Cage, ND, LAc

Oriental Medical Massage

Christy Mendoza Biography

Oriental Medical Massage encompases several forms of body work and massage practice. The following are the areas offered at South Bay Total Health by Christi Mendoza.

Shiatsu refers generally to a Japanese pressure therapy. It is based on traditional Chinese medicine techniques, particularly massage therapy that has been recommended since ancient times. Traditionally, Shiatsu involves deep breathing, rotation and stretching of the joints, and stimulation of pressure points which are the same points used in acupuncture. Shiatsu acts to stimulate the immune system, Qi, blood and lymphatic flow, and generate a deep sense of harmony and relaxation in the patient. Because of its connection to traditional Chinese medicine, Zen Shiatsu serves as an excellent adjunct to acupuncture therapy as well as Chinese or Japanese herb prescribing, fitting well with the theoretical framework.

Because it stimulates the Meridian system, the Hormonal system, and the Para-Sympathetic nervous system, Shiatsu performed regularly can have a positive effect on digestion, reproduction, strengthen the immune system, calm the mind and reduce stress. Apart from bringing relief to symptoms, Shiatsu gradually corrects long term postural and behavioral imbalances leading to improved body/mind awareness, a general sense of well-being and peace of mind by allowing the body to shift into balance and addresses the root of the problem, not just the symptoms.

Tui-Na (also called Anmo) is the oldest known system of massage and physical therapy in the world. Often called “Chinese Chiropractics”, Tui-Na originated in China at least 15,000 years ago, where writings of medical massage for trauma were carved on turtle shells. Tui-Na has remained an organized and systematically developed form of massage and physical therapy since that time. Tui-Na methods include the use of hand and arm techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles, ligaments and tendons) of the body, stimulation of acupressure points to directly affect the flow of Qi (energy) through the system of meridians.

Tui-Na is used for a variety of musculo-skeletal complaints, as well as a number of metabolic conditions including Constipation, menstrual disorders, High Blood Pressure, Headaches (tension headaches or migraine headaches), Angina Pectoris (chest pains), Hypertension (high blood pressure), Arrhythmias, Poor circulation (cold hands & feet), Asthma, and Chronic Bronchitis

Christi uses Jin Shin Do style acupressure, which is a gentle style that seeks to unblock kinks in the meridian system in order to provide a emotional or physical release. This is especially useful for problems that are "stuck" and unresponsive to other therapies. Some of the benefits of Acupressure include:
  • Neck Release
  • Shoulder, Upper Back/Mid Back Release
  • Low Back Release
  • Great Bridge Channel Release- used for insomnia and somulence
  • Chest Abdominal Release- treats ailments due to stagnant Qi in the abdomen and chest manifesting as depression, digestive issues, PMS, stress, and anxiety.
  • Yang Balancing Release- used for migraine, cooling down a physically hot person especially when they concurrently have cold limbs.
  • TMJ Release
Luk Pra Kob - Thai Herbal Massage
Luk Pra Kob is an herbal compress has been used in Thailand for over 400 years as a remedy for sore aching muscles, stress relief, exhaustion and other ailments. Within each Luk Pra Kob herbal ball is a Thai Herbal Medicinal combination which has been traditionally used for its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as to treat a variety of ailments including chronic muscle pain, joint pain and various skin conditions. Luk Pra Kob can be used as an anti - inflammatory, local analgesic and muscle relaxant, and that it improves range of motion and local circulation. Luk Pra Kob is a unique therapeutic Medicinal treatment that is little known in the United States.

Each Luk Pra Kob herbal ball contains a blend of medicinal herbs wrapped in balls of cotton muslin, and steamed to release the essential oils. When the Luk Pra Kob is the applied to the skin, the essential oils and heat are transferred to the recipient’s body parts. It also has an exfoliating action that softens and nourishes the skin.

What is in the Luk Pra Kob Herbal Balls?
Plai Plai has a known anti-inflammatory property. Some Specific uses are for relieving sprains, muscle pain, wound healing and colds. The portion of the plant used is the rhizome stem. Plai is in the ginger family.

Kha-min (Tumeric) Tumeric is an anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, with specific use in the case of itching, infected wounds or to improve the appearance of the skin. The part of the plant used is the rhizome. Tumeric is yellow in color.

Ta-kali (Lemon Grass) Ta-khaki is found effective for healing fungal and bacterial infections. The part of the plant used is its leaf.

Puew Makrut (Kaffir Lime Peel) Kaffir lime is used to treat dry skin and damaged hair and dandruff; It is a natural cleanser and a deodorizer. The rind of the fruit is used.

Kara Boon (Camphor) Kara Boon is a diaphoretic which is good for asthma and upper respiratory problems. The part of the tree used is the leaf.

Barefoot Massage
Barefoot massage is a very deep and satisfying massage. It uses a combination of trigger point therapy and deep musculoskeletal work to alleviate pain. In this style of bodywork the therapist uses his/her feet to apply pressure(usually the heel and sometimes the sesamoid bone) instead of using hands. Barefoot massage was created by John Harris for the 1984 Olympics in order to invent an effective way to relieve deep tissue strain. This massage is one of the deepest forms of body work and should be experienced by anyone interested in deeper massage or bodywork. During a Barefoot Massage treatment, Direct pressure is applied to the muscles to give slow, deep, and thorough compressions. Some of the benefits for the client include:

  • Hypertonic muscles soften and lengthen
  • Muscles are cleansed
  • Muscles receive more nutrients
  • Nerves fire faster
  • Muscle lesions heal faster
  • Stretching the muscle fibers increases circulation
  • Range of motion is increased
  • Trigger points are eliminated (Freedom of movement and range of motion are increased.)
  • Recipient is brought into parasympathetic dominance (relieving "fight or flight" sympathetic dominance)
If you have questions or would like schedule an appointment for one of our massage therapies, please call our office:


2204 Torrance Blvd. Suite 104, Torrance, CA 90501      Ph: (310) 803-8803      Fax: (310) 803-8805