What is Shiatsu Massage?

Shiatsu, which literally means finger pressure, is derived from an ancient form of holistic Chinese medicine that combines massage and acupressure and has been in existence more than 2,000 years. The central concept in Chinese medicine is that all physical problems are a result in the obstruction of qi or ‘subtle energy’, which exists in everyone. Shiatsu helps maintain and restore health by improving the flow of qi along the body's energy pathways called meridians.

Shiatsu clears blockages in the energy flow of the body, freeing the circulation of energy so you feel more relaxed and more energized. The result is a state of peaceful calm and clarity that helps awaken ones own healing abilities through body-mind awareness.

What to expect from your session

The session will be performed by using techniques such as stretching, rocking and holding. The massage techniques combined with the healing power of touch have a tremendous relaxing effect on the whole body. A full body session will include work on the abdomen, chest, shoulders, arms, hands, neck, legs, feet and back. Gentle or deep pressure is applied at specific points on the body along the meridian pathways. Most Shiatsu is preformed on a futon or mat directly on the floor. The client should wear loose comfortable clothing and fresh clean socks.

After a treatment you will feel more relaxed. You will notice that your breathing has become deeper and you may have the sense of a deeper awareness of your body. The emotions are calm and life situations take on a more balanced perspective. If a person has had a very stressful lifestyle, they may feel the need to have a bit more rest than usual after the first few sessions.

Receiving shiatsu helps to relieve pain in the body and improve circulation, digestion and breathing. It gives an overall sense of well-being and supports a positive attitude. It is a valuable healing tool that is especially effective when combined with proper nutrition, exercise, meditation and other healthful lifestyle choices.

Danielle has been practicing the art of Shiatsu massage since 1995. She received the Asian Bodywork Therapist Certificate from Harbin School of Shiatsu and Massage in 2005.