This ancient Japanese pressure-point massage combines techniques that involve varied pressures from fingers, palms, thumbs, elbows and knees. Because this technique goes far beyond the physical level, in addition to relieving physical conditions like muscle pain and nausea, it can also help with psychophysical problems including anxiety, stress and even depression. The idea is that chi or life energy, flows through the body in 14 meridians. When the meridians are blocked, physical or emotional problems start rapidly developing. Some say the pressure techniques of shiatsu therapists can help trigger the release of chemicals, like cortisone, which helps body heal itself. Patients can expect brief moments of intense pressure and a fair amount of movement as muscles are stretched to alleviate knots and pain. While the purpose is to ultimately relax the muscles and mind, shiatsu is not entirely passive. Patients can receive a massage with either their clothes on or off.
Shiatsu Massage Benefits
- Circulates vital energy
- Stimulates the body
- Encourages comfort and relaxation
Duration: 1 hour
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