What is Shiatsu Bodywork? 

How does Shiatsu work?  

It works similarly to acupuncture; however, it uses nurturing, non-painful hand-finger/thumb pressure in a rhythmic way to regulate and support energy in the body. Shiatsu is focused on the vital energy called Qi which flows through the body via a network of subtle energy channels or meridians. 
It alleviates many physical and emotional conditions (e.g., back pain, stiffness, digestive issues, psychological problems). It promotes relaxation and a sense of wellness. Physical and emotional symptoms can occur when the natural flow of Qi in these meridians becomes blocked, depleted or out of balance. This can be caused by factors such as emotional stress, diet, overwork, or injury. Shiatsu is an effective way to rebalance the body and the mind. 

What are the benefits of Shiatsu?  

It releases muscle tension, alleviating acute or chronic pain. 
It is highly relaxing and helps with issues like anxiety and depression. 
Since Shiatsu reaches a deeper therapeutic level than massage and works on the same principles as acupuncture. It can also help with other conditions such as insomnia, hormonal or other health issues. 
Shiatsu facilitates circulation and blood flow, enhancing the body's own ability to heal itself. 
Shiatsu bodywork: 
Benefits the following systems: nervous, lymphatic, hormonal and blood circulation. 
Triggers endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, to treat painful conditions. 
Enhances energy levels and the immune system. 
Improves co-ordination and range of motion. 
Regulates blood pressure and heart rate. 

Your first treatment:  

During the first treatment, the practitioner will take a detailed diagnosis, according to the Chinese medicine principles, including observation of the pulse, the tongue and the abdomen.  
The receiver is fully clothed with loose, comfortable clothes that do not restrict movement and stretching. The practitioner works on the back, shoulders and extremities, applying acupressure using fingers, thumbs and/or palms in a continuous sequence and stretching techniques.  
In some cases, additional complimentary cupping may be suggested to enhance the therapeutic results. 

Are there any risks associated with Shiatsu?  

Shiatsu is a very safe bodywork when done by a qualified professional. The technique is adjusted in pregnant women. It is not recommended for patients who have recently undergone chemotherapy or radiation and people with severe cases of osteoporosis, heart disease and blood clotting disorders. It is also not indicated after surgery and by people with infectious skin disease, rash or open wounds. 

How many sessions do you need for noticeable results?  

The bodywork is an effective way to release muscle pain and stiffness as well as relieving stress and anxiety. Usually, a course of four to six sessions once a week is recommended. 

Frequently Asked Questions. 

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In some cases, the acupoints and areas of pressure may feel tender, often described as "good pain," but communicating pressure feedback to the therapist ensures maximum comfort and relaxation. 
The treatment is able to address skin conditions such as melasma, pigmentation, rosacea, acne, as well as for conditions such as, facial paralysis, trigeminal neuralgia and corrections for aesthetic injectables, quicker post surgical facial surgery and noticeable enhancement of aesthetic procedures such as mesotherapy, fillers, hyaluronic acid treatments and skin photo-stimulation. The treatment is also very effective for issues with tight jaws, grinding teeth, snoring, sinuses congestion and breathing problems. The medical concerns are addressed in a specific manner according to the purpose and concerns of the session. 

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