Shiatsu’s translation from Japanese literally means ‘finger pressure’. Shiatsu massage is a form of Japanese bodywork based on traditional Chinese medicine, designed to help regulate the flow of energy within the body. During a Shiatsu massage, the practitioner applies manual pressure along the energy lines (meridians) of the body using fingers, thumbs, and palms, as well as utilizing assisted stretching and joint mobilization techniques.
The practitioner tailors the treatment according to the client’s needs. The effect may be stimulating and invigorating or calming and sedative, depending on what the client needs. It is beneficial both as a preventative medicine as well in the treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal, internal and emotional conditions.
Shiatsu massage is a clothed technique and does not use lotion or oil. Clients are encouraged to wear loose, comfortable clothing for their session.
Benefits of Shiatsu Massage
- Backaches, including lower back ache
- Neck and Joint pain
- Frozen Shoulder
- Digestive Disorders