Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork grounded in the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Shiatsu is based on traditional belief in the complimentary energies of Ying and Yang, the presence of Five Elements within each of us and the flow of 12 Meridians or energy paths throughout the body. Shiatsu engages these paths through rhythmic acupressure at key points on each meridian using the pressure of the therapist’s thumbs, palms and elbows. The massage is done on a mat on the floor with the client in lose-fitting clothing for easy movement.

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Why Shiatsu

By opening the paths of energy and re-balancing the Five Elements to work in harmony, Shiatsu can help relief stress, improve deep breathing, and help increase movement and range of motion. Shiatsu can be both relaxing and restorative.


Those interested in eastern approaches to healing and well-being through a form of bodywork that engages mind body and spirit.