Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shiatsu is an ancient healing art that uses pressure on key points on the body to stimulate your natural self-curative abilities. As these points are pressed along their meridians, they promote the circulation of the universal life force energy to aid healing, blood, and the release of muscular tension. This life force/energy (called Qi or Chi) is always present in our body, but can become depleted in some parts, excessive in others, or stuck, which causes a variety of symptoms. In addition to pressure, passive stretches and mobilizations assist in getting energy "unstuck" and restoring your body's naturally balanced state.
Acupuncture and Shiatsu share the same points, but Acupuncture employs needles, whereas Shiatsu uses gentle, but firm pressure.
Benefits of Shiatsu
Shiatsu's holistic approach works with the universal life energy, and takes your unique personal characteristics, lifestyle, and habits into consideration in devising the best treatment strategy for you. Also, clients remain fully dressed in loose or stretchy workout-clothes during the session.
Shiatsu can be performed very gently or quite vigorously, all according to your preference, and is therefore well suited for people of all ages, providing a sense of calm and replenishment of body, mind and spirit. Traditonally, Shiatsu treatments are performed on a floor mat, but they can also be done on a massage table.
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