PUSH stands for Power Under Soft Hands. Michael Takatsuno is the director of the PUSH Therapy Center in Mountain View, California, and founder of PUSH and PUSH Training. His extensive background in human anatomy, bodywork and Tai Chi Chuan has allowed him to develop this unique form of muscle therapy. After building a successful practice, and at the urging of clients and fellow therapists, Michael turned his attention to sharing his knowledge and methods with others. In 2004 he certified his first group of PUSH therapists.
"I have suffered with migraines for about eight years and nothing helped. I found out about Push Therapy thru a friend, went on the website and saw that it relieves migraines. Through this friend, I found Jeanie Mark, Certified Push Therapist, in Southern New Jersey. After my first session with her, I felt tremendous relief from these migraines I suffer. I continue to see Jeanie as often as I can when I am in town for business. Thank you, Jeanie, for helping me."
Jane M  

  Push Therapy is the most comprehensive system of bodywork and training ever developed for chronic tension and pain relief. The therapy is safe, effective, shows fast results and provides long-lasting changes to the body. It is a customized treatment program, consisting of the PUSH Treatment Plan. This plan contains four aspects:

  1. PUSH Therapy Treatments assess the body for asymmetries, pain/tension areas, as well as restores blood flow and oxygen to tight or rigid muscles making them soft, supple and healthy. This is done via a specialized muscle therapy technique called Soft Pressure Stimulation. It is applied by the therapist while their body is in a relaxed state, in order to work through the clients' muscle gently, layer by layer. Treatments are done with the client fully clothed.
  2. PUSH Mobility Training teaches each client how to use their body more efficiently in all of their daily activities and hobbies, so that they do not continue to collect tension in the body which may be contributing to their pain. Performance is analyzed and improvements are taught in work, play and all levels of sporting activities.
  3. PUSH Core Strengthening strengthens the important core muscles to keep the body in proper alignment and the muscles in a relaxed state thereby strengthening without creating unwanted tension.
  4. PUSH Self Treatments emulate the treatments, accelerate healing, and empower the client to begin healing themselves.
  1. Eliminate pain and chronic tension.
  2. Attain natural body alignment with soft, supple muscles.
  3. To get to the source of the pain/teach how the problem developed, not just treat the symptoms.
  4. Teach each client how to keep the symptoms away by using their body more efficiently in all of their daily activities and hobbies.
  5. Teach each client how to treat themselves; provide the client with hope and responsibility regarding their wellness.
  6. Complete the PUSH treatment plan in a short amount of time. The client does not have to seek treatment for the rest of their lives.
Both are manual therapies, but the goals are very different. Massage can create a comforting, relaxing sensation while PUSH is a very results-oriented therapy. PUSH Treatments are designed to bring about long-lasting structural change to the body while relieving pain and improving posture and performance. PUSH Therapy clients are always fully clothed for treatments and no oils or lotions are involved.

Physical therapy focuses more on active use of the tissue with strength training and improving flexibility through stretching. PUSH focuses more on the condition of tissue when at rest. By eliminating Chronic Passive Tension, soft tissue can return to the healthier baseline of a longer resting length. The positive changes to the resting tissue achieved through PUSH carry through to improved performance during activity.

Chronic Passive Tension is a commonly overlooked cause or contributor to many different conditions. Because PUSH Therapy targets CPT, it is often successful at treating a number of different aliments:
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Tendonitis
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Migraines
  • Joint Pain and Stiffness
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Hip, Neck and Back Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bursitis
  • Itiotibial Band Syndrome
  • Shin Splints
  • Whiplash
  • Muscle Cramping
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries
  • Chronic Stress Tension
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
ARE THERE ANY TIMES WHEN PUSH TREATMENTS ARE NOT ADVISABLE? There are times when it is advisable not to pursue PUSH Therapy treatments. Although this list is not necessarily exhaustive, here are some general contraindications:
  • Pregnancy
  • Bone Fractures
  • Recent Surgery (within the past 8 weeks)
  • Open Skin Lesions
  • Severe Osteoporosis
  • Some types of cancer in which mobilization of lymph may contribute to metastatic spreading of the disease.
If you have any concerns about the safety of receiving treatment, please bring them up at the time you call to schedule an appointment. The client's safety and well being are always a top priority.