Placerville deep tissue massage

Placerville Deep Tissue Massage

Placerville Deep tissue massage and acupressure clinic specializes in treating pain, stiffness and tight muscles using a combination of Trigger point massage, Acupressure, Tui Na, Shiatsu and Chi Nei Tsang.

Acupressure uses the concentrated power of Qi to open up the energy that gets bound up in the muscles, myofascial trigger points and thus helps in breaking up tight and sore muscles. The gentle force of Shiatsu and acupressure allows qi and blood to flow into the blocked tissues while nourishing and healing myofascial adhesions, or trigger points.

Japanese Massage or Shiatsu is based on the same theories as acupuncture, using the same Qi meridians and understanding of the 'Five elements' but instead of using a needle, manual pressure and visualization techniques are used to help transform blockages and supplement energetic weakness of certain muscles or acupuncture points.

Shiatsu and Tuina is very good and useful in preparing muscles and meridians for receiving acupuncture, reducing any discomfort which might be due to tension and muscle spasm. Once these tissues are relaxed and loosened with Shiatsu or Tuina massage techniques, the needle meets with less resistance and is able to stimulate the energetic core of the acupuncture point with less pain or reactivity, thus enhancing the needle's effectiveness in resolving pain, tension, and other internal diseases or psycho-emotional disorders.

Qi Gong Massage

Energy can be transmitted through the practitioner's hands and fingertips to help release emotional and energetic blockages that can create stress, disease and pain throughout our body. Qi energy can circulate from the practitioner through the patient with or without physical contact or massage techniques. This requires a certain focus of the practitioner to be able to receive subtle energetic information through his or her palms and fingertips in order to truly connect with the patient's energetic body which is more subtle in nature than their physical body.

When a strong energetic connection is made from the Qigong Massage practitioner to the patient, older and more chronic conditions can be addressed at their fundamental core or imbalance. These older and more chronic pain or emotional traumas are usually found deeper inside the body and are more energetic in nature and are easily overlooked if just the apparent muscle groups or meridians are treated superficially.

Many times old emotions get trapped and contained in the very tissues which are causing you pain. When you suffer from a physical trauma and experience pain, negative emotions such as fear, shock, anger, and shame may get bound in the tissues and continue to cause stress patterns and a nervous reactivity which will continue to tense certain muscle groups and block the free flow of Qi, blood, lymph, and begin to pinch nerves or cause inflammation. Resolving the underlying energy imbalance with Qi gong massage techniques can help allow these old traumas to be released and allow the mind and mody to relax and heal.

This is possible because the lighter and subtler Qi (which can be translated to biophotons,ATP, or life energy) can penetrate deeper into the muscles, ligaments, bones and Qi meridians than the pure force or manual pressure of other types of massage. Using visualization and focus causes this subtle energy to unlock deep myofascial knots and psycho-emotional holding patterns within the patient, accelerating the healing process and helping to relax the nervous system out of the 'fight or flight' mode which is induced after physical or emotional trauma.

Massage may only provides temporary relief from our aches and pains or muscle tightness if the deeper psychic trauma that remains stuck in our subconscious mind is not also released as well.

You can think of the body and mind to be like an onion. There are many layers to one's physical, mental and emotional construct. When we first start to work at relieving pain and discomfort, we have to begin with the outermost layers of your onion. Once we relax the surface, we are then able to delve more deeply, pulling back layer after layer of emotional and physical stress responses which have constructed your individual 'myofascial holding pattern'

Placerville Asian Massage

Tui na and Shiatsu are ancient Asian massage techniques and are one of the Five Pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The other four being: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs , Qi Gong, and nutrition.

Tuina translates to "grasp and pull" meaning that many of the hundreds of Tuina techniques are based on using the dual forces of Yin and Yang to help relax and heal muscles, meridians, and internal organs. This could mean a rocking motion of back and forth, scrubbing techniques which scrub the surface of a muscle to and fro, wiggling your thumb back and forth to allow qi or energy to flow deeply into a point.

Tuina contains hundreds of types of massage techniques, each designed to effect the channels and muscles in a unique and specific way. The most primary of these is the 'One finger' massage technique.

This is where the Tuina practitioner places the the tip of his or her thumb on a stagnant and knotted point, and then moves their hand side to side, causing the thumb to wiggle on the on point. This massage technique is very useful at breaking up severe knots in the back and myofascial adhesions. when done properly it should not be too painful for the patient, because not too much downward pressure should be applied. The theory Chinese massage is to allow the practitioner's Qi to unblock the channels, rather than manual force.

When Tuina is combined with Shiatsu and Acupuncture, a more holistic and complete release of pain, stress, and other medical imbalances is possible.

Other massage techniques that I use in my practice include:

  • Hara Abdominal massage
  • Foot Reflexology
  • Medical Qigong (subtle energy healing
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    Golden Wellness Center
    Alex Tuggle , M.S.T.C.M. tel. (510) 926-1902

    Providing Deep Tissue massage in Placerville, Camino, El Dorado county, Pleasant Valley, Diamond Springs, Shingle Springs, Pollock PInes, Folsom, Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Columa, Placer county


(530) 409-9612

Golden Wellness Center
245 Placerville Dr.
Placerville, CA 95667


DR. Alex is amazing! He gave me my life back, and got me better! I had been battling adrenal fatigue from copper toxicity for 2 years. He truly healed me. He is an incredible healer! I had been to doctor after doctor over the years. I am just so happy I found him! Have faith, and trust in him. He will get you better if you follow what he says, and have patience.

- Keira H., Capistrano Beach, CA

Absolutely the best choice I've made has been coming to Alex. I've been sticking with his diet plan for myself for 2 weeks and have been receiving acupuncture and having him work his magic and I feel amazing. I feel healthy and clean and feel a huge difference. I couldn't recommend him enough."

- Cheyanne C., Pollock Pines, CA

" I truly consider this the best massage of my life, I left feeling not only relaxed and rejuvenated, but also as if I had worked with a physical therapist, acupuncturist, and masseuse all in one. "

"Alex combined deep tissue with acupressure and he really worked out a lot of the tension I had built up in my body.

- JZ. - Oakland, CA

My final thoughts: if you are looking for an amazing massage that offers you a chance to reconnect with your body and work on tension release, this is the place for you. I have found no better and I don't think I could. Go!"

- JZ of Oakland, CA

"I couldn't have hoped for more rapid recovery. Alex is holistic, and his treatment works on many levels.

"My pain is reduced to a fraction of what it was, I'm much happier, and I have been unlocking parts of my life I didn't expect: my dreams are more rapidly resolving, the vast reduction of PTSD makes meditation and socializing so much more rewarding, I'm getting my life back."

- Oliver of Berkeley, CA

" I have never had a massage that thorough. He found all my pressure points and relaxed them with a very gentle, therapeutic approach. I am hooked and telling all of my friends about him. I will find the money to see him at least once a month. I am hooked."

Best manual therapist I've ever worked with! Alex has a healing touch. His work has helped me regain function after suffering from a back and neck injury. His knowledge and guidance is invaluable.

- Alesia M. - Oakland, CA

" The best massage that I have ever had. Alex is a master, as well as a caring human being. "

Chrisitina A. - Copperopolis, CA

" Alex is extremely diligent and takes great care in really understanding his clients before prescribing an action plan. He is an expert in nutrition and supplementation who really cares about the well being of his clients. I will definitely continue to work with Alex. "

- Pete P., Chicago, IL

" Alex has been treating me for a couple of years now using hair mineral analysis, nutritional balancing, acupuncture and herbs. I have seen great results working with Alex! My allergies are almost 100% gone, and I feel the healthier now than I ever have as an adult. Alex is extremely knowledgeable and patient, and willing to explain everything that he is doing to treat me so I feel comfortable and empowered.

- Lorien HW, Palo Alto, CA

" Alex has done wonders since I have been receiving services from him this past year and is by far the best acupuncturist and primary health care provider I have ever come across!

" I originally came to Alex to perform a hair analysis test as I was constantly feeling exhausted and I had visited many doctors throughout the past few years where I didn't feel as though I was getting the answers I needed. When my hair analysis results came back I was shocked, Alex walked step by step through my results helping me to understand how my adrenals are functioning and the level of heavy metals in my system amongst various other findings - adrenal exhaustion and thyroid problems is what was causing the imbalance in my body, It was extremely insightful to learn how my body was currently functioning and ways in which I could get back to a healthy stage without taking drugs that had negative side effects. "

- Michaela W., San Francisco, CA

"Alex's combination of knowledge about Chinese medicine mixed with his knowledge of modern/ western medicine. He could explain concepts of complementary medicines in modern medical terms. I prefer to understand thoroughly what or why the treatments are working. And, the work was all very helpful. I ended up trying a hair analysis as well, which provided a lot of helpful information that unlocked some root causes that led to where I feel so much more balanced now and able to get back in balance on my own if things go array because I understand what's going on."

- Christie O., San Francisco, CA

"I have chronic back pain, and have had this for the past 4 years. Alex Tuggle has been one of the acupuncturists who have been able to achieve some pain relief for me.

"Alex approached my case unlike anyone else I had seen, and he used different acupuncture points. He is someone willing to try new things, take different approaches on the treatment, and uses enough, but not too much force.

"I highly recommend Alex Tuggle for anyone, especially if they have experienced or have pain."

- Sarryh H. from Los Angeles, CA

“Alex is an amazing acupuncturist. His treatments are gentle yet effective. I have seen many different practitioners including acupuncturists, chiropractors, rolfers, and physical therapists.

Alex's treatments consistently gave me lasting relief from chronic pain due to an old car accident. This was unique because often treatments have only a temporary (a few hours) effect and I do not feel that they address the underlying muscular and emotional issues that Alex was able to resolve. I only wish that he still was in Los Angeles so that I could keep seeing him! His treatments truly address mind, body and spirit."
- Ashley B. from Los Angeles, CA

"I strongly recommend the services of Alex Tuggle, nutritionist extraordinaire. He uses Analytical Research Labs for hair analysis and can recommend a very effective (if somewhat plodding) nutritional balancing program.

"He also answers any number of ridiculous questions through both email and phone. Simply getting a hair test and trying to make sense of it yourself is unlikely to get you anywhere, but with some practical guidance, you can really take a step toward feeling better."

- Ben of Amarillo, TX

" OMG!!! This man is a miracle! He works exactly where your tension spots are and releases all the stress and bad chi!!! amazing!! LOVE LOVE LOVE....I have major back issues and my entire body is always sore because of my regular workouts and long work hours. "

N.G. - Sunnyvale, CA

" I knew from the first session that Alex really cares about his patients and wants to see them reach their healthy state, I have never had any health care provider take the time that Alex did to answer all of my questions and be there via email or phone if I needed to follow up after our initial consultation. I have been incorporating a herbal daily regime and including acupuncture and I have experienced positive changes even after Alex told me it could take up to two years for my body to get back to a full healthy stage. Not only do I receive acupuncture during each visit, I also have a follow up discussion with Alex to express any concerns and my progress. Alex is very warming, welcoming and is very educated, he has given me various exercise techniques to help with my symptoms along with been a therapist by helping me open up about the problems I have faced in life and how to best handle them so they do not haunt my body long term."

- Michaela W. San Francisco, CA

" Words can not express how awesome the massage was that I received at the Golden Wellness Center. I am truly relaxed and ready to take on the world. Alex was able to release the tension that I had within my body, he even found some spots that I did not know that I even had. "

- Jabez J. Oakland, CA

" Alex is an exceptional professional who I would not hesitate to recommend for nutritional balancing, lifestyle counseling, meditations and wellness endeavors. "

- Keerthy S. Sacramento, CA

" Alex is thoroughly knowledgeable in all aspects of Chinese medicine, from expert diagnosis to acupunture needle work. He has a very strong knowledge of nutrition and herbs. He is well versed on all the reputable providers of herbs. He also keeps a fresh stock of herbs for individualized treatments. I also had hair analysis with Alex and found the analysis and the prescribed herbs, minerals and vitamins to be very therapeutic to the healing from my illnesses. Alex also recommended exercises to improve my health and well being. I totally recommend him. "

- Tom M. Berkeley, CA