Shiatsu is an ancient form of massage from Japan that is sometimes referred to as acupressure. Shiatsu involves massaging along the body’s meridians, or energy channels to help ease aches, pains, tension, fatigue, and symptoms of disease. The meridians, which pass through the skin and muscles, also innervate and supply energy to the internal organs. This is why shiatsu, which works on maintaining and restoring energy flow through the meridians, positively impacts many aspects of health.
Shiatsu combines the best of both worlds; the physical and stress reducing benefits of receiving a deep massage and the energetic effects of working with your body’s meridian system.
No oil is used, so the client remains fully clothed during the session.
There are 2 types of sessions that are typically offered, short-form and long-form shiatsu:
- Short Form Shiatsu: 1 hour and 30 minutes. Wonderfully relaxing and covers most of the body unless a specific area of focused attention is indicated.
- Long Form Shiatsu: 2 hours and 30 minutes. Yes, 2 ½ hours, that is not a typo. An extremely thorough session that not only includes shiatsu but also incorporates profound passive stretching (the practitioner puts you into stretches to open up your body, you do not need to do any work) that is luxurious and extremely beneficial.
Each session is tailored to the client’s needs and individual limitations. Clients typically report a deep sense of relaxation coupled with increased energy and vitality following sessions.
** Insurance will cover Shiatsu if you have naturopathic coverage as part of your insurance plan. This is because bodywork is under the umbrella of Naturopathic licensure so your insurance can be billed for the session. Shiatsu by a physician is also covered under workman’s comp and motor vehicle accident claims.