Q: What is Shiatsu massage?
Shiatsu is a Japanese bodywork practice that uses principles of acupressure and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Shiatsu ("finger pressure" in Japanese) uses finger and palm pressure to energize pathways called meridians in order to enhance the flow of qi (vitality, stamina and energy).
In acupressure and Shiatsu, thumbs are most commonly used to apply pressure although fingers, knuckles, palms elbows, and even feet can be used in some the therapies. The degree of pressure that is applies varies as does the duration. Anything from moderate to penetrating pressure is utilized from several seconds to several minutes, and the treatment can be rhythmically performed once or repeatedly. Assisted self-stretching is also involved.
Q: Do I need to undress?
Shiatsu is NOT done nude or with draping, clients should wear comfortable and stretchable clothing.
Q: Why should I get a shiatsu massage instead of another type of massage?
Shiatsu can increase circulation of blood and lymph, reduce muscle stiffness, and release stress and fatigue (in tsubos) that accumulate in the body.
By contrast to more traditional massage, shiatsu uses fewer techniques and to an observer it would appear that little is happening – simply a still, relaxed pressure at various points on the body with the hand or thumb, and easy leaning of the elbows or a simple rotation of a limb. However, beneath the uncomplicated movements, much is happening internally to the body’s energy on a subtle level to enhance physical vitality and emotional well-being.