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.
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 form imbalances in the natural flow of energy or Ki through the body. Shiatsu therapists use the finger and palm pressure to 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 shiatsu feels 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 are used to apply pressure for most of the treatment instead of the entire palm. Certain pressure points may feel tender which some people describe it as "good pain".
If you feel any discomfort or pain during the treatment, tell
your therapist and they will adjust the pressure so that it is comfortable to you.
Most people say shiatsu is as relaxing as classic forms 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.