Shiatsu Massage Therapy

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.

Vocabulary~

  • Anma: practices using common massage techniques such as kneading, rubbing, tapping and shaking. These activities are directed at specific vital points and meridians on the body.
  • Namikoshi: Using varied levels of pressure techniques all along the meridians.
  • Meridians: From Traditional Chinese Medicine, a path through which the life-energy known as “qi” flows. Meridians are divided into Yin and Yang groups.
  • The Yin meridians of the arm are: Lung, Heart, and Pericardium. The Yang meridians of the arm are: Large Intestine, Small Intestine, and Triple Warmer.
  • The Yin Meridians of the leg are Spleen, Kidney, and Liver. The Yang meridians of the leg are Stomach, Bladder, and Gall Bladder.
  • Qi: In traditional Chinese culture, qì (also chi or ch’i) is an active principle forming part of any living thing. Qi is frequently translated as life energy, lifeforce, or energy flow. Qi is the central underlying principle in traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts.ShiatsuPoints