What is Shiatsu?
The word "Shiatsu" in Japanese simply means “to press."
Shiatsu is both a general style of bodywork and a specific massage technique and is designed to rejuvenate the body and relax the mind.
Shiatsu is learned and practiced much like a martial art, a ballet or piece of music. The "form" or "kata" is like a muscial score or choregoraphy. The general purpose of shiatsu is to facilitate the flow of qi in the body.
Qi: vital energy, qi permeates the universe, its nature is to flow. (pronounced chee)
Shiatsu does not require the use of oil or lotion and is done over clothing. Most clients wear loose, comfortable clothes such as sweat pants and a t-shirt.
A regular session lasts 75 minutes.
There are different types of shiatsu practiced throughout the world. The form I practice was developed by Jim Cleaver.
I love shiatsu! I feel fantastic when I receive shiatsu on a regular basis. Ask me about it.