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What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork. The word shiatsu means "finger pressure," and shiatsu is sometimes described
as finger pressure massage.

What conditions is Shiatsu used for?

  • Neck and shoulder pain.

  • Backache. 

  • Headache. Relaxation.

  • Stress. Tiredness.

  • Poor digestion. Constipation.

  • Chronic problems. Insomnia.

  • Arthritis. TMJ problems.

How does Shiatsu work?

Like acupuncture, shiatsu is based on the Holistic system of traditional Chinese medicine, where illness is thought to result from imbalances in the natural flow of energy or Ki through the body. Shiatsu therapists use finger and palm pressure on the energetic pathway, called meridians, to improve the flow of Ki.

A scientific explanation is that shiatsu calms an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which improves circulation, relieves stiff muscles, and alleviates stress.

What does the shiatsu feel like?

The shiatsu therapist applies pressure by fingers, thumbs, or palms in a continuous rhythmic sequence. The pressure feels more localized because, unlike other types of massage, the finger pads apply pressure for most of the treatment instead of the entire palm. Specific pressure points may feel tender, which some describe as "good pain."

If you feel any discomfort or pain during the treatment, tell

your therapist, who will adjust the pressure to make it comfortable.

Most people say shiatsu is as relaxing as classic forms of

massage therapy.

Unlike other forms of massage, with shiatsu, no massage oil is applied, so you remain fully clothed during the treatment. You may be asked to bring comfortable clothing to wear.


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