What is Shiatsu Massage?
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork that uses finger pressure to massage and stimulate specific points on the body. This therapeutic practice has been used for centuries in Japan to promote healing, relaxation and overall well-being.
Shiatsu massage is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, which maintains that the body has pathways or meridians through which energy, or “qi”, flows. When these pathways become blocked, it can lead to pain, discomfort, and illness.
Our therapists use their fingers, thumbs, and palms to apply pressure to specific points along these meridians. This is a direct technique that meets the musculoskeletal and fascial bodies, through palpation, stretching and acupressure point combinations, to nurture the nervous system leaving you feeling anchored and connected.
This holistic approach to massage helps to balance the body, mind and spirit.
Shiatsu massage has many benefits for the body and mind. It can help to relieve pain and tension, improve circulation, reduce muscle soreness, and increase flexibility. It is also known to help with conditions such as insomnia, headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain conditions.
In addition, shiatsu massage can help to improve overall well-being by promoting relaxation and reducing stress.
Shiatsu massage can also help to improve the body’s natural healing processes by increasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and tissues. This can help to speed up the recovery time from injuries and illnesses.
What A Session Involves
Our therapist will start by briefly consulting you about your health history and if there are any areas of concern. This will be used to tailor the massage to you. The massage is conducted full clothed, on a traditional futon in our Japanese inspired Movement room.
Our therapist will use their fingers, palms, bodyweight and sometimes their elbows to apply pressure to specific points on the body, whilst also using a variety of techniques including rocking, kneading, and tapping to manipulate the muscles and soft tissue. They may also use stretches to help increase flexibility and range of motion.
Remember it’s important to wear comfortable, loose clothing that allows for movement to get the most out of your experience.
During the massage, clients may feel a sense of warmth and release of tension as the therapist works on different areas of the body. It is important to communicate with the therapist if the pressure is too light or too deep or if the client experiences any discomfort.
After the massage, you may feel a sense of relaxation and a decrease in pain and tension. It is important to drink water and rest for a bit after the massage to allow the body to continue to release tension.
About Evelyn Stavrinidis
Shiatsu Bodywork Qi Gong Therapist, Craniosacral Therapist & Remedial Masseuse
Evelyn has studied both nationally and abroad, following and practicing both the western and eastern frameworks of therapeutic somato-emotional bodywork passed to her.