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


Jaimie Shrestha, Massage Therapist (Linden Hills)

Jaimie Shrestha, Massage TherapistJaimie is a Certified Massage Therapist and a graduate from CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School in St. Louis Park, MN. She is also a Certified Practitioner with American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA). Jaimie believes that by combining the Eastern and Western modalities, you are able to get the best of both worlds when healing your body and mind.Jaimie specializes in Therapeutic/Deep Tissue Massage, Shiatsu Therapy and Hara Abdominal Massage as well as cupping and Gua Sha techniques.

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Chandler Yorkhall, Massage Therapist (Linden Hills)

Chandler Yorkhall, Massage TherapistChandler brings to SuNu a wealth of clinical experience and personal study. He is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB), and graduated from Centerpoint Massage and Shiatsu School in 2004, going on to teach at Centerpoint until 2012. Since 1995 Chandler has dedicated himself to the study and practice of healing, deepening his interest particularly in the areas of Shiatsu, Craniosacral Therapy, Qigong, and Emotional Freedom Technique. Chandler’s approach to treatment involves first creating an atmosphere of safety and respect. He believes that “even holistic medicine can focus too much on what is wrong with the patient; our health and vitality are inherent and always available. The purpose of treatment is to discover, liberate, and cultivate the health that is already present.

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Chandler Yorkhall, Massage Therapist (Linden Hills)

Anna Dadabo, Massage TherapistAnna is a 2015 graduate of Centerpoint School of Massage Therapy and Shiatsu in St. Louis Park, MN. She has a long held interest in discovering more about physiology and making massage accessible to more people. She started out in massage therapy to be a part of something that promotes whole person health. She enjoys learning about and applying science while listening to intuition to practice massage. Starting with an open conversation, Anna works to meet each person’s specific goals. She applies pressure based on the level of tension sensed through her hands, tending towards a medium to deep level. Anna gets excited about the profound effect that massage and states of relaxation can have on supporting the body and mind.

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