Developed in Japan, ShiAtsu is a style of bodywork that uses finger pressure to specific points on the body, rocking movements, stretches and joint rotations to restore the healthy flow of energy (chi in Chinese, ki in Japanese) to the body.

ShiAtsu is holistic, addressing the whole body rather than focusing on one area where symptoms are most obvious.  

ShiAtsu's name comes from two Japanese words --

shi (finger) and atsu (pressure) --

but a practitioner may also apply pressure with other parts of the hand, elbows and knees.  You wear loose clothing for shiatsu, which is usually performed on a mat on the floor.  No oil is used in this treatment. 

ShiAtsu was formally named in the early 20th century, but it has roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  The theory behind shiatsu, like acupuncture is that the body has unseen energy pathways, or meridians, along which the body's energy flows.  

When you're healthy, energy flows freely along the meridians, supplying all parts of the body with vital energy.

By applying pressure to these

tsuobos, the shiatsu practitioner identifies blockages and imbalances and gets the energy flowing smoothly once again.   If the energy or ki is deficient, the practitioner introduces energy to that area with her touch.   

If the point is hard and painful to the touch, there is an excess of Qi

that the practitioner needs to drain.  

As with any treatment, you are in control of how much pressure you want.  If the point is too tender, you can speak up and tell the therapist.  

A shiatsu session usually lasts between 30 minutes and an hour.


Making it a little more complicated for the Western mind is that each energy pathway is related to an organ (kidneys, lungs, liver, heart, stomach etc.) as well as emotion or mental state (fear, sadness, anger).  It's interesting, but you don't have to worry about this.  If there is tenderness in your liver meridian, it doesn't mean you have liver disease.  

It just means that your liver energy is unbalanced.  

The traditional Eastern model of health and wellness is very different from the Western model, and is more about restoring health and balance to the body before something goes seriously wrong.  

It's also about preserving your Qi, which gets weaker as you age. 

A typical ShiAtsu Massage session with preparation time, with application time, and resting time afterwards is about 45 minutes.  We offer this service for specific health conditions mentioned in the above paragraphs.

At Regimen Health & Massage, a first session includes a consultation. 

We ask that the client allows sufficient time to be here for up to an hour. 

The fee for this service for a specific health condition is:

$45 per session

Shiatsu Massage for non-specific conditions is done according to the

Massage Rates Chart




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