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Shiatsu is a form of Asian Bodywork Therapy that uses pressure along specific body pathways to balance the flow of ki, or chi, energy. Using the same map of the body as an acupuncturies, the shiatsu practitioner uses palms, thumbs and occasionally knees and elbows to stimulate and nurture the tsubos (acupressure points) located throughout the body. Gentle stretching and rotation of the joints add to the experience, which can be likened to taking a tour of your body's movement possibilities. Shiatsu is performed on the floor on a large futon. Recipients wear loose, comfortable clothing during their session. Receivers of shiatsu leave with a sense of both energy and relaxation, which can last for many days.
People come to shiatsu for many reasons. Some come for relief of specific physical conditions: back or neck pain, headaches, digestive problems, insomnia, exercise-related injury, etc. Others come for stress relief, finding the relaxing effects of shiatsu a welcome balance to the mental and emotional demands of a busy life. Still other come at a point in their lives where they're ready for a change - physical or sometimes spiritual - and find shiatsu very helpful. Most people, no matter what reasons bring them to the session room, end up making it a part of their program of self-care, finding that life is easier when they are balanced and their energy is flowing. Weekly, monthly or yearly, a shiatsu session reminds the body and spirit of what peace feels like.
Shiatsu sessions last between 75 and 90 minutes and the cost is $120 for a single session, or a package of 3 sessions for $325.