What is Shiatsu
Japanese acupuresure, also known as shiatsu, is acupuncture without using needles. As a modified form of acupuncture, shiatsu manipulates acupuncture points to stimulate the body’s circulatory and autonomic nervous systems.

Derived from Chinese massage, shiatsu is a traditional Japanese massage techniuqe in which vertical and continuous pressure is applied to acupuncture points on the body by the therapist’s thumbs and palms to relieve pain and tension and also to improve the function of internal organs and other affected areas of the body.

Another benefit of shiatsu’s deep and gentle pressure is that it puts both body and mind in a deep state of relaxation. Shiatsu is the most populate and highly respected form of manual therapy in today’s Japan.

How It Works
Shiatsu is a manual therapy in which the therapist applies comfortable pressure to the body primarily with thumbs and palms. Shiatsu treatments aim to improve body functioning and to relieve pain and discomfort.

Shiatsu is different from massage therapy, which normally refers to Swedish massage. Swedish massage involves rubbing and kneading the body using oils. Swedish massage acts on the circulatory system of the body to improve circulation. It also affects muscle tissue to relieve muscle tension and pain.

Shiatsu therapy uses stationary, holding pressure to apply pressure to the body to regulate body functioning. No oils are used; you may wear loose clothes during the treatment. Shiatsu treatments help to relieve pain and improve organ function.

Benefits of Shiatsu Massage
The whole body benefits from Shiatsu massage. It can be used on its own as a relaxing yet effective treatment for pain, organ dysfunction, pregnancy issues, stress relief and other disorders. Shiatsu may also be used in conjunction with other treatments strategies. For example, many of our patients enjoy a short Shiatsu treatment after having acupuncture.

Shiatsu therapy is beneficial in assisting the treatment of a wide variety of conditions.
Some of these conditions are:

 - Anxiety and depression Headaches
 - Asthma
 - Arthritis
 - Back pain
 - Chronic fatigue
 - Digestive problems
 - Fibromyalgia
 - Insomnia
 - Menstrual problems
 - Migraines
 - Muscle tension and spasm
 - Neck pain and stiffness
 - Repetitive strain injuries
 - Whiplash

Come and find out what shiatsu can do for you, to help relieve the symptoms of an existing issue, diagnose and treat chronic problems, or just relax and relieve any existing stress or tension.