|Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork. The word shiatsu means “finger pressure”, and shiatsu is sometimes described as a finger pressure massage. Like acupuncture, shiatsu is based on the holistic system of traditional Chinese medicine, where illness is thought to result from imbalances in the natural flow of energy, or qi (pronounced “chee”) through the body. Shiatsu uses finger and palm pressure to energetic pathways, called meridians to improve the flow of energy.
A scientific explanation is that shiatsu calms an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which improves circulation, relieves stiff muscles, and alleviates stress.
What to expect
The shiatsu therapist applies pressure using his or her fingers, thumbs, and/or palms in a continuous rhythmic sequence. The pressure feels more localized, because unlike other types of massage, the finger pads are used to apply pressure for most of the treatment instead of the entire palm. If you feel any discomfort or pain during the treatment, tell your therapist and he or she will adjust the pressure so that it is comfortable to you. Most people say shiatsu is as relaxing as a classic forms of massage therapy.
What should I expect during my visit?
The treatment is done on a low massage table or on the floor.
Unlike other forms of massage, with shiatsu no massage oil is applied, so you remain fully clothed during the treatment. You will be asked to wear comfortable clothing that is provided for your session.
We recommend the Indian head massage as an upgrade to this treatment, as the body’s energy is already opened up and flowing the effects of the Indian head massage will be more profound.
After the massage, your spa therapist may suggest a blend that you can use at home in between massage treatments. You can use straight essential oils in diffusers to add aromatherapy scent to the air, or you can bring home a bottle of aromatherapy oil for topical application at home.