Shiatsu is a form of therapeutic bodywork from Japan that is also based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It uses kneading, pressing, soothing, tapping, and stretching techniques and is performed without oils through light, comfortable clothing.

One of the fundamental concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is Qi (pronounced “chee”). This is the vital energy in our body that underlies all functioning. Qi flows in specific pathways called meridians. The Shiatsu therapist accesses the Qi through points along the meridians called Vital Points. Health is present when there is abundant Qi in the meridians and the flow is unobstructed. When the Qi becomes deficient or out of balance, or the flow is obstructed, symptoms arise. Shiatsu works to improve overall health by affecting the internal energy system.

Therapy often results in increased range of motion and improved coordination. Used as either a primary or complementary therapy, Shiatsu combines assisted-stretching techniques and acupressure to restore muscle and bone structure.

Benefits of Shiatsu

  • Restores the following systems: nervous, lymphatic, hormonal and circulatory
  • Increases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers
  • Improves stamina, energy and vitality
  • Enhances coordination and range of motion
  • Brings down blood pressure and heart rate

Shiatsu improves a patient’s overall well being while enhancing the immune system but can be beneficial to healing a variety of specific ailments.

Shiatsu is often used to lessen stress and protect against stress-related health issues. In addition, Shiatsu is said to promote healing in conditions like anxiety, arthritis, back pain, constipation, headache, insomnia, menstrual problems, neck and shoulder pain, premenstrual syndrome, sciatica, and sinus problems
Shiatsu is also said to increase energy, promote recovery from injuries, and stimulate the digestive system.

Shiatsu stimulates circulation and blood flow, enhancing the body’s own ability to heal itself. 

A Few Tips For Your First Shiatsu

For those who are new to Shiatsu …

  • Do not eat any food for 1 hour before your appointment.
  • Wear light loose clothing or bring to change into.
  • Remove jewelry, such as necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, before your session.
  • Be sure to drink plenty of water and stay well hydrated after your session.
  • Shiatsu sessions last about one hour.
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