Shiatsu is an ancient form of Japanese bodywork that promotes balance and resiliency in the whole person (body, mind and spirit).
Gentle pressure and a range of stretches facilitate the smooth flow of energy
(qi) through the body, stimulating its own innate healing capabilities.
The term shiatsu literally means “finger pressure” in Japanese. Pressure is applied with fingers, palms, arms, knees and feet along the energy pathways, (meridians) of the body. Acupressure points along specific meridians are carefully selected and held to restore balance. Areas of stagnant qi are released, reducing pain and discomfort while deficient areas are tonified, nourishing qi.
Treatments begin with a discussion of any past or recent health issues. If it is your first treatment, you will require a more thorough consultation; a 90 minute session is recommended. Your treatment will begin and end with a short meditation.
During your session one or all
of the techniques listed above may be used. After the treatment you are invited
to sit up slowly and drink water. Treatments are done fully clothed on a zen
futon mat and no oils are used. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing,
a space to change is also provided.
Shiatsu sessions are meditative and deeply relaxing. Ongoing treatment plans combined with dietary and lifestyle changes offer long term assistance for chronic conditions; regular preventative treatments help maintain balance and vitality. Shiatsu can be used in conjunction with all other therapies, including Western medicine, acupuncture, osteopathy, and herbal medicines.