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Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu is a type of massage therapy that was primarily developed in Japan. With its name derived from the Japanese term for "finger pressure," it involves applying pressure to specific points on the body, moving from one point to another in a rhythmic sequence. While shiatsu has roots in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), it's now commonly practiced throughout the world. 

How Does Shiatsu Work?

As in acupressure, practitioners of shiatsu apply pressure to points on the body connected to pathways called "meridians". By stimulating these points, shiatsu therapists  promote the flow of vital energy (also known as "chi") and facilitate healing. Principles of TCM, blockages in the flow of chi can contribute to a wide range of illnesses/symptoms and disease.
Shiatsu can help improve health by calming the sympathetic nervous system thus stimulating circulation, reducing stress, and soothing pain.

What Does Shiatsu Feel Like?

When performing shiatsu,  deep pressure is applied using  fingers, thumbs, and/or palms in a continuous sequence. The finger pads are used to apply pressure, and each point is typically held for two to eight seconds.
In some cases, the pressure points stimulated during shiatsu may feel tender.
Those receiving shiatsu often describe this tenderness as "good pain," but it's important to alert me if you feel discomfort or pain during your treatment so I can adjust the pressure making it more comfortable for you.
Shiatsu is typically done on a low massage table or on a mat on the floor. Shiatsu may appear similar to other types of massage, no massage oil is used and  the client is fully clothed in loose, comfortable clothing.

Uses for Shiatsu: Why Do People Get It?

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

The Benefits of Shiatsu: Can It Really Help?

Research on the health effects of shiatsu is fairly limited, but there's some evidence that it may offer certain benefits.
For example, a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2008 suggests that shiatsu may help reduce stress and alleviate fatigue. In a survey of 633 people who had recently completed six months of shiatsu treatments, the study's authors also found that shiatsu may help ease symptoms associated with muscle and joint problems.
Some research also indicates that shiatsu shows promise in the treatment of certain pain-causing conditions.
In a report published in Manual Therapy in 2015, for instance, shiatsu was found to improve pain intensity and quality of life for people with fibromyalgia.
For this report, researchers analyzed previously published clinical trials on massage for fibromyalgia. Their analysis determined that shiatsu improved pain, pressure pain threshold, fatigue, sleep, and quality of life.

What Is a Typical Treatment Like?

A typical treatment is 30 to 60 minutes long and begins with a health history form and consultation about your health and lifestyle. This information is completely confidential and used to customize the therapy.
You may then be asked to remove your shoes and lay face down on a massage table.
I will then use brisk movements and massage to warm the back and then followed by Finger pressure applied to meridians
Lotion,oil or talcum powder is not used, nor is instruments like balls, brushes, and dowels.

How to Prepare for a Shiatsu Treatment:

  • We ask that eat light for a couple of hours before your Shiatsu Treatment
  • Drink plenty of water before and after your treatment
  • Bring light weight cotton clothing (Yoga pants and t-shirt) to change into for your treatment
  • Bring a re-usable water bottle

Safety and Side Effects

While shiatsu is generally considered safe when done by a qualified professional, certain individuals should take caution and consult a physician before receiving shiatsu. Anyone experiencing the following, will be asked to get consent from their primary care physician prior to receiving a Shiatsu Treatment.
  • pregnant women
  • people who have recently undergone chemotherapy or radiation
  • people whom are currently undergoing cancer treatment
  • people with such conditions as osteoporosis, heart disease, and blood clotting disorders.
  • people whom have had a recent surgery
  • People with leg stents will not receive the Hara portion on a Shiatsu Treatment
  • People with an infectious skin disease or rash

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