Literally meaning “finger pressure”, Shiatsu is an ancient Japanese treatment for physical and energy rebalance. This is a stimulating form of massage, and is also used as a treatment for common illness and health problems. Shiatsu treatments use natural body weight pressure (acupressure) applied to special points on the body. This eliminates blockage of the meridians (channels), and helps promotes the proper flow of energy, or “chi”.
Shiatsu requires the recipient’s participation with the therapist to communicate and coordinate breathing with the manipulations. When appropriate, the therapist may manipulate the muscles using their thumbs, palms, palm heels, knuckles, elbows, and even the knees and feet. Various stretches and movements similar to yoga may also be performed. This treatment is deeply restful and restorative to physical, intellectual and emotional health. Regular sessions help to prevent the build up of everyday stress.
No lotions or oils are used, and it is not necessary to get undressed.