Shiatsu is a Japanese “hands on” healing art based on traditional oriental healing principles and modern anatomy and physiology theory. Literally translated as “finger pressure”, Shiatsu consists of simple manipulations and pressure applied to acupuncture meridians, points and neuro-muscular lines. Hence, it has been called “acupuncture without needles”.
Some of the many benefits of Shiatsu Therapy include:
relieves stress and tension
promotes menstrual regularity and comfort
relieves back pain
strengthens immune system
improves energy level
relieves post-traumatic stress
What happens during a session?
Treatments are given in a safe, comfortable environment, which promotes relaxation. The practitioner will use a low table or a massage chair. The client is fully clothed and no oils are used. During the treatment, the client will be laying face down, face up and sometimes on their sides. Pressure is applied with hands, thumbs, fingers, elbows, and sometimes knees, and adjusted to each person’s body type and condition. Some gentle stretches and rotations are also used during the treatment.
Is Shiatsu painful?
Shiatsu Therapy offers a deep yet relaxing experience. Sometimes, people describe it as feeling like a massage. Pain is a signal that an imbalance exists within the energetic system. The practitioner will locate these areas and/or points, and apply appropriate pressure within the client’s comfort level. As the body comes back into balance, the client may experience a certain level of discomfort. Gradually, the pain subsides or changes character. Tension is released, the flow of Ki is restored, and the healing process begins.