What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is based on the holistic system of traditional East Asian healing methods, where illness is thought to result from imbalances in the natural flow of energy, or qi (pronounced “chee”) through the body. Energy can become blocked, depleted, or in excess; thus disturbing our balanced state of health. A scientific explanation is that shiatsu calms an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which improves circulation, relieves stiff muscles, and alleviates stress.

Shiatsu helps to even the flow of energy by the application of pressure, gentle stretches and rotation of the joints. The shiatsu therapist applies kneading, percussion, and pressure techniques using his or her fingers, thumbs, and palms in a continuous rhythmic sequence.

Sixty or 90 minute sessions; Shiatsu is performed on a floor futon in loose, comfortable clothing and no oil is used. These treatments are energizing and effective in balancing health and wellness; and are as relaxing as other forms of massage therapy.


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