Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork therapy that provides receivers with a deep holistic healing experience. Shiatsu is theoretically based in traditional Chinese medicine, while integrating fluid stretches and compression to address musculoskeletal and energetic imbalances. It is based on the simulations of Qi, the energetic life force, which lies deep within the body in pathways known as meridians. Each meridian is connected to an internal organ and carries the energy of that organ’s functioning. Shiatsu is a therapy that supports the idea that the body can heal and balance itself. It works not only on a physical level, but also at an emotional, psychological and spiritual level.
What to expect
At the beginning of the session, the practitioner will ask you questions regarding your medical history and specifics to any issues you may be experiencing and would like addressed in your session. This will help the practitioner get a better picture of your overall health. Shiatsu is performed on the floor on a cotton-filled mat, while the receiver is fully clothed in sweats or yoga clothing. Depending on your specific situation, you will lie on your back, on your stomach, or in some cases on your side. If needed, pillows and bolsters may be used to support sensitive areas such as the knees or ankles. Sessions usually begin and end the session with hara (abdominal) assessment. All of the twelve meridians pass through the abdomen providing an ideal place to assess the energy of the whole body. Using both hands, the practitioner will gently touch the hara to get a sense of the meridians that are most kyo (deficient) and most jitsu (excessive). With this information, the practitioner can provide a treatment that is best suited for your needs.