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Shiatsu treatment

Shiatsu utilizes a combination of pressure and assisted-stretching techniques. It is used to enhance the flow of energy/Qi (pronounced chee) in the body to relieve a variety of problems including back pain, neck and shoulder problems, stress, insomnia, digestive problems, and fatigue.

The treatment stimulates the circulation and the flow of lymphatic fluid. It also releases toxins and deep-seated tensions from the muscles. This stimulates the hormonal system and the immune system, and acts on the autonomic nervous system, helping the recipient to relax deeply and to get in touch with his or her own healing power.

The actual treatment approach and philosophy is similar to acupuncture in its usage of the meridians (energy channels) and tsubo (pressure points), but without the use of needles. The practitioner uses fingers, thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet for applying pressure precisely at localized points or over larger areas. While Swedish massage therapists use long, flowing hand movements to knead muscles, shiatsu practitioners apply rhythmic and gradual pressure along the meridians.

In shiatsu the receiver remains clothed for the treatment and no oil is used. Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes made of natural fibers. This will help with the flow of energy/Qi.

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