What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a form of Asian bodywork, more widely known as acupressure massage. It uses pressure to stimulate points along an acupuncture channel.
Practice of Shiatsu is usually accompanied by study of Chinese five-element theory and practices. Some of these additional studies may include self-care practices such as breathing exercises and Dao-Yin (a form of Qi-gong), Tai-ji Chuan, and Chinese traditional art.
Shiatsu involves a way of looking at the body that is completely different from the “muscles, bones and joints” view of Western science, focusing instead on the flow of vital life energy (Qi) through channels. The practitioner uses thumbs, palms, fingers and elbows to apply pressure to specific points. The massage may also include techniques such as rocking, kneading, tapping and stretching.
Why should I choose Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is deeply relaxing and highly adaptable to your preference in pressure and outcome. In Japan, it is sought out as a wellness practice, and to increase flexibility and decrease pain. Many people find that their sleep patterns and stress levels improve dramatically from regular Shiatsu therapy. After a Shiatsu session, you may note feeling energized, yet relaxed, rather than sleepy.
Shiatsu encourages flexibility and balance in the body. It can be used to relieve muscular pain or tension, especially neck and back pain. In addition, it is believed to enhance physical vitality and emotional wellbeing.
Shiatsu is recommended for those with special treatment needs due to chronic pain syndromes, such as Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome. The session is designed to address, but not overwork, sensitive areas that could cause a flare-up after the session.
Shiatsu is done on a massage table with the client clothed in light, comfortable clothing. No oil or lotion is used. The practitioner may, at times, kneel on the table to improve leverage and positioning. Your session can either focus on flexibility, composed almost entirely of stretching and compression, similar to Thai massage, or you can choose the traditional wellness form which includes more rocking, acupressure and deep breathing.
Your session will last approximately 55-60 minutes. For individuals wishing to try a series of Shiatsu treatments, packages are available. Discounts are available on three and six session purchases.