If you are in pain, or stressed, or ill, there will always be parts of your body that are tight and sensitive.  Even when we are feeling healthy, the movements of daily life - hauling our bodies around, holding our heads up, driving, sitting at a desk or carrying children - can cause muscular tension. Most of us, even when we are "not doing anything," hold ourselves in postures that are familiar and comfortable but are actually causing musculoskeletal distortions that end up giving us pain and discomfort.  That’s why massage is almost always a good idea.  Not only does it ease tight and painful muscles; it is also deeply relaxing, and in our stressful lives a little relaxation is a good thing.  Kaz incorporates bodywork into all his treatments.  Massage techniques are therapeutic in and of themselves, but they also serve a diagnostic function.  Areas of hardness and tension, or conversely, softness or “mushiness,” are indicative of imbalances in the channels and organs.  As he works, Kaz finds these areas and uses them as signs or clues that inform the acupuncture treatment that unfolds.  Kaz is trained in tui na (traditional Chinese massage therapy), barefoot shiatsu, Thai massage, and craniosacral therapy.  He finds that holding and decompressing, pressing and kneading, grasping and tapping, stretching and twisting are all important tools in an effective healing session.