Why Come For Shiatsu? What is it good for?
Issues easily treatable with Clinical Shiatsu Therapy are:
Sleep and Appetite
Shiatsu is one of many things we can use to cope with and meet our modern, fast paced lives. Shiatsu provides an opportunity to find or redefine one's center, recharge, and refresh.
For those dealing with chronic illness, injury, or healing Shiatsu can provide a gentle yet effective way to refresh the body and soul, and add the appropriate momentum to a targeted healing process.
What to expect from a session
Treatment scheudling flexible
Mat/table fully clothed for duration no oils or lotions
variation in pressure, mobilizations joint
what you will feel after a session
Specialize in treating Pain and
Acute or Chronic Muscle Tension and Injuries
Pain free, non-invasive, and safe treatment for mobility, performance, and pain reduction. Treatment can involve light or deep touch but does not involve "breaking up" muscle tissue.
Results typically last longer than regular massage. Sometimes results continue to get better after a treatment - since treatments work by improving fluid movement and restoration of healthy muscular expansion/contraction through the nervous system, no tissue is broken up during a session. In nearly all cases, you will not feel sore the next day, but you may feel even more loose and free to move than you did right after the session!
The Importance of Manual Therapy
In Japan, manual therapy was once considered the most important and powerful medical treatment. When Japan and its medical system underwent modernization, medical treatment and its training process became standardized. The direct transmission from teacher to student, which relies on personalized one-on-one study, could no longer fit in the modern model of learning by textbook in large classes and universities. There were noble efforts to continue the ancient practices: as a result, authentic Shiatsu still exists in a small international community of teachers, students, and practitioners.
Even in the West, the importance of touch and direct contact between doctors and patients has lost emphasis. Empathy, listening, and touch were once more prominent features of our medicine - for instance, palpation of the abdomen was once a commonly used diagnostic tool. In our modern age, it is unfortunate that doctors are limited to very short appointments with patients, and care is becoming more mechanized and reliant on medication. This is by no fault of health practitioners but simply a result of a culture that is increasingly dominated by values of efficiency, productivity, and mechanics.
On a deep level we all still know the value of touch and compassionate contact. This alone makes a practice like Shiatsu a valuable gift to be shared and experienced. To be held and recognized as whole in light of all our distortions is a key component of healing.
Shiatsu - n. from (Japanese) "finger pressure" a healing art compiled of ancient touch-based medicine and contemporary biological thought. Term coined in 20th century Japan to integrate touch medicine into Japan's modernized framework.
Shiatsu is clinical in nature in part due to a thorough understanding of eastern and western biology, physiology, the effects biology receives with skilled and appropriate touch. Classical Chinese Medicine provides a holistic anatomy + physiology model of the human body - this provides the healer and patient with the necessary channel nature into the healing tool it is meant to be.
Born in 20th century Japan, Shiatsu's roots are in ancient Japanese Koho Anma manual therapy. Shiatsu came about in the context of the modernization of Japan's medical system.
Shiatsu is a relaxing therapy done with the receiver fully clothed on a comfortable futon - Shiatsu is good for aches and pains, musculoskeletal issues, sleep, digestion, and more, and always addresses these issues via the support of the wholeness of a person's life.
Shiatsu treatments are always full-body - while tension or pain may be in a specific area, that tension is releived through a full body treament.
Some people have come for Shiatsu to have a pain-related complaint addressed, and after getting releif, still come back because they love it so much!