About Shiatsu Therapy and Acupressure
Shiatsu in Japanese means "finger pressure"; it is a type of alternative medicine consisting of finger and palm pressure, stretches, and other massage techniques. Shiatsu is a technique that help people relax and cope with issues such as stress, muscle pain, nausea, anxiety, depression, and others.
Shiatsu draws on concepts from the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is usually performed on a futon mat, with clients fully clothed.
Acupressure [from Latin acus "needle" + pressure] is an alternative medicine technique similar in principle to Acupuncture. It is based on the concept of life energy which flows through "meridians" in the body. In treatment, physical pressure is applied to trigger points with the aim of clearing blockages in these meridians. Pressure may be applied by hand, by elbow, or with various devices.
Some medical studies have suggested that acupressure may be effective at helping manage nausea and vomiting, or for helping lower back pain, migranes, arthitis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other muscle related issues.
Watsu is the combination of hydrotherapy and shiatsu developed by Harold Dull. The work is done in skin temperature water with both the practitioner and the client in the water, usually a pool that is between 3.5 ft to 4 ft (100–120 cm) deep (although it can be done in a warm sea). The work entails much movement in the water, and it is used as a therapy for stress, insomnia, back pain, and other health issues. It has also been proposed as a therapy for fibromyalgia syndrome, and rehabilitating patients after a stroke.
It incorporates the activation of the "energy lines" through the pressure points, derived from shiatsu.
Besides, the use of water during the therapy increases the sensations of peace, relaxation and weightlessness, which greatly aids the stress release from muscles and relax the nervous system.
Shiatsu Therapy Sessions
Session fees are:
- 1st session: Initial evalutaion + Shiatsu Session $120
- Sessions after: $85/hr
Discounts available for packages of sessions.
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