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Shiatsu / Acupressure

What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu (also known as Acupressure) is a form of therapeutic bodywork from Japan. Shiatsu means "finger pressure" though a shiatsu treatment incorporates pressure with the thumbs, palms, forearms, elbows, knees and feet.

It uses kneading, pressing, tapping, and stretching to the areas of the body as well as on the energy lines (meridians) and pressure points, that run through the body.  This technique is performed without oils through light, comfortable clothing.

What are the Principles of Shiatsu?

The principles of Shiatsu are the same as that of Acupuncture. There is vital energy, "qi", that moves through the body by way of meridians and pools in pressure points along the meridians. 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. Some indications of imbalances of qi are headaches, body aches and muscular pain, digestive or respiratory difficulties.  

What are the Benefits of Shiatsu?

Shiatsu in a non-invasive therapy that may help reduce stress and contribute to overall well-being. It can be used in the treatment of a wide range of internal, musculoskeletal and emotional conditions.  

It is thought to reduce muscle stiffness, stimulate the skin, aid in chronic conditions such as PMS, fatigue, insomnia, fibromyalgia, stress, anxiety, neck, back, shoulder and head pain. The effect may be stimulating and invigorating or calming and sedative, depending upon the individual and the goal of the session.

Frequency of Treatment

A Shiatsu session usually takes one hour. A regular maintenance program of Shiatsu is an excellent way to maintain wellness and improve vitality. The schedule of treatment will vary for each person. One Shiatsu session per month may work well to maintain balance for some but for others, a more frequent schedule may be required.