What is shiatsu massage?
Did you know you can now add shiatsu massage to your acupuncture or cupping treatments?
A certified practitioner of shiatsu massage, our Registered Acupuncturist complements her Traditional Chinese Medicine approach with shiatsu to produce optimum results. If you’re not familiar with shiatsu massage therapy, read on to find out what it is, how it can help you, and what to expect from your first session.
1) What is shiatsu massage?
Originating from Japan, shiatsu literally means “finger pressure” and is a hands-on therapy where the fingers and palm are used to apply comforting pressure to various points on the body. This pressure improves blood flow, stimulates the nervous and immune systems, and removes energy blockages by realigning meridian points, also known as energy pathways. As a result, the body and mind become balanced and the natural healing power of your body is maximized.
2) How can shiatsu help me?
Shiatsu can be used to treat a diverse array of internal, musculoskeletal, and emotional conditions including:
• Back, neck, and joint pain
• Muscle stiffness
• Migraines and headaches
• Stress, anxiety, and depression
• Digestive disorders like constipation
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Menstrual cramps and PMS
• Fatigue and weakness
3) How is shiatsu different from other types of massages?
Unlike regular massages, clients stay clothed during a shiatsu session. Another major difference is that shiatsu doesn’t work specific muscles and joints. Instead, it focuses on working the client’s entire energy system. For example, if you come in with shoulder pain, your practitioner won’t only be working your shoulder – they will focus on improving your energy pattern too in order to jumpstart your body’s natural healing abilities.
4) How do I prepare for a shiatsu massage?
To get the most out of your shiatsu massage, please bring or wear a comfortable t-shirt, stretchy or loose fitting pants, and socks to your appointment. Our Registered Acupuncturist’s shiatsu technique is a combination of trigger point therapy, acupressure, assisted stretching, and joint mobilization, so this type of clothing will allow her to easily stretch and adjust your body alignment. It’s also important to be open with your therapist about health issues, allergies, and treatment preferences. The more your therapist knows, the more they can tailor your therapy to ensure the best results.
5) How will I feel after a shiatsu massage?
Everyone experiences different outcomes after a shiatsu massage. Results can be both physical, emotional, or both. Some people experience relief from their aches and pains, while others report feeling a sense of clarity and walk out with a more relaxed state of mind.
Want to learn more about shiatsu massage and how it can help you? We invite you to come in for a FREE, no-obligation discovery visit. During your 15-minute discovery visit, our Registered Acupuncturist will discuss your health concerns, answer your questions, and go over treatment options.