Shiatsu & Thai Massage


Your choices for duration include:
60 minutes - 90 minutes - 120 minutes

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Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork meaning "finger pressure." Like acupuncture, shiatsu is based on traditional Chinese medicine, where illness, and other unusual norms of an individual, is thought to result from imbalances in the natural flow of energy, or qi (pronounced "chee") through the body. Shiatsu therapists use finger and palm pressure along energetic pathways, called meridians to improve the flow of qi. They also use certain stretches and joint mobilizations to help open up these energy channels or disperse built up energy. 

A scientific explanation is that shiatsu calms an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which improves circulation, relieves stiff muscles, and alleviates stress. (Just like your standard therapeutic massage!)

What to expect:
Shiatsu massage is performed on a comfortable mat on the floor. To begin, your therapist will palpate your hara (or your abdomen) to determine where you might be imbalanced energetically. If you're uncomfortable with your abdomen being touched, please be sure to tell your therapist. No oil is used during these sessions and you're fully clothed for the duration of the massage. 

Expect to wear comfortable clothes that you can easily move around in! 
(For example, loose sweatpants, yoga pants, gym shorts, loose t-shirts or long sleeve)

What are meridians?:
According the the TCM World Foundation, "a vast network of invisible energy pathways connecting to each other and everything in your body!... There are twelve major meridians that run on each side of the body, one side mirroring the other. Each meridian corresponds to an internal organ. Each organ, with its own physiological and invisible energy functions, is not only dependent on the other organ systems but also on the greater meridian network."

  Here are a couple examples of some of the meridians that run through the torso.


Here are a couple examples of some of the meridians that run through the torso.

What is the Hara?:
The Hara, or energetic center of the body, is a crucial part of shiatsu when it comes to both assessment of a client as well as the center of focus for the practitioner.

  Here is a picture of the Hara associations in Shiatsu. 


Here is a picture of the Hara associations in Shiatsu. 


For extensive knowledge on Shiatsu and other TCM modalities please visit:

http://www.tcmworld.org