What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a fully clothed Japanese form of bodywork that works various meridians in your body that lie just beneath the skin- one meridian for each organ. Working these help to improve the body’s overall health by making sure the body’s inner signals are getting where they need to be, and not being blocked. The same points and meridians an acupuncturist uses are accessed with gradual finger or hand pressure instead of needles to tonify or calm depending on what’s needed. Gentle stretches are also used to improve overall function and help increase range of motion.Shiatsu is a non-invasive therapy that may help reduce stress and contribute to overall well being. Shiatsu is a form of bodywork that using such techniques as pressing, rubbing, tapping, stretching, rolling, vibration and concentrated breath to move energy in the body.
What are the benefits of Shiatsu?
- Manage pain
- Reduce stress
- Regulate blood pressure
- Improve circulation
- Maintain joint and bone health
- Ease headaches
- Boosts the immune system
- Improve digestion
- Increase range of motion
- Regulates and calms the nervous system
- Increase Energy levels and stamina
- Sooth sore muscles
- Helps prevent illness and injury
Shiatsu can be used in the treatment of a wide range of internal, musculoskeletal, and emotional conditions. It can reduce muscle stiffness, stimulate the skin, aid digestion, and influence the nervous system. Shiatsu is used to treat a wide range of chronic and acute conditions, such as headaches, PMS, digestive disorders, fatigue, insomnia, fibromyalgia, stress, anxiety, and muskuloskeletal pain, including low back, neck, and joint pain.
The effect may be stimulating and invigorating or calming and sedative, depending on the goal of the session
What to expect in a session:
To assess how your body is doing, shiatsu practitioners take your pulse and look at your tongue same as an acupuncturist would to see how the organ systems are functioning at their different levels. Once an assessment has been made, the appropriate meridians will be worked along with stretches to improve symptoms. TCM believes the abdomen is the root of all health since it houses most of your organs, so abdominal work typically will be done within your comfort level. Please wear loose comfortable clothing for ease in stretches within your movement range.
Just like regular vehicle maintenance, routine Shiatsu sessions can keep the body running the way it should, and reduce wear and tear. Shiatsu can be combined with massage therapy, chiropractic care, and an overall self-care routine to help you achieve your health care goals.
Call today for your session! Special Intro Rates apply until July 2nd!
One Hour Shiatsu or Thai Massage $45
15 minute Intro to Shiatsu or Thai Massage $15
Beth Nicholas is a graduate of CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu Therapy Clinic and School’s East/West program. She practices Swedish, Therapeutic, Pre-Natal, Deep Tissue massage, and Shiatsu, a Japanese style of bodywork, which treats the body as a whole, incorporating stretching and abdominal massage to boost the body’s natural healing abilities. She also has further training in Thai massage. In her other life, Beth was a scenic artist for 15 years painting sets for various theaters in the Twin Cities, and currently enjoys creating her own artwork, gardening, cycling, camping, hiking, and generally anything that gets her out in nature.