What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu literally means “finger pressure” and was developed in Japan. It combines Japanese anma & namikoshi massage (see definitions below), ampuku or abdominal massage and some therapeutic exercise techniques with insights from western anatomy and physical therapy. Shiatsu is known for its rhythmic pressure along the energy channels of the meridians. Pressure techniques help your body improve its energy flow, circulation of the blood and lymphatic systems, and will help to balance the nervous system by stimulating chemical responses in the body. In this way, Shiatsu supports and stimulates the body’s own healing potential.

Shiatsu therapists assess and treat clients based on “patterns of disharmony” from the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Therapists will perform a full intake and assessment to get an idea of your general health. They will often look at your tongue and check your pulses as part of the assessment.

Unlike many forms of bodywork, Shiatsu does not use any oils or lotions. Shiatsu is performed fully clothed and it is recommended that clients bring or wear comfortable clothing.

Shiatsu can help with many ailments including: Insomnia, headaches/migraines, stress, PMS, Depression/anxiety, gastrointestinal problems and many others.
Everyone can use help with relieving stress and promoting health and vitality! Shiatsu massage can do just that.

Shiatsu Massage Therapy at Sunu


Nicole Duxbury, Massage Therapist (Minnetonka)

Nicole Duxbury, Massage TherapistNicole received her diploma in Shiatsu Massage from CenterPoint Massage School. She has additional training in Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Massage, Reiki (Usui tradition) as well as Western herbalism and flower essence therapies. Nicole believes in the power of Shiatsu to assist the body’s own healing processes by holistically addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of one’s health. While Shiatsu guides the session, Nicole may weave in Reiki, Swedish technique and Craniosacral holds according to symptoms present and the client’s preferences.

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