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.


Is a therapeutic form of acupressure, muscle meridian stretching and corrective exercises derived from Japan. Shiatsu involves applying pressure to the body using a practitioner’s thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet. It is founded on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine theory that energy moves through channels within the body, known as meridians. Shiatsu practitioners aim to restore the balance of energy through meridians in order to promote health and strengthen the body’s healing abilities.

Is a dynamic body therapy in which the therapist interacts with the receiver to restore balance in the energy system. Imbalance, that is, too little or too much chi, can manifest in various ailments, depending on which meridians are affected.
Like most natural therapies, shiatsu is based on the assumption that the body is a self-healing organism, and that the role of the practitioner is to aid and support that naturally occurring process. Can assist an individual with their self-development and self-healing; balancing the underlying causes of a condition and addressing physical and psychological functions; promoting health and strengthening the body’s own healing abilities.