Vancouver Shiatsu by Fernando Cabrera

What is Shiatsu

Shiatsu in Japanese means finger pressure, it is a “hands on” healing art based on traditional Chinese medicine and modern anatomy and physiology theory.

Shiatsu grew from earlier forms of Oriental massage. Anma in Japan and Tuina in China which use rubbing, stroking, squeezing, tapping, pushing and pulling to influence the muscles and circulatory systems of the body. Shiatsu by contrast uses techniques of finger, hand and elbow pressure applied to the acupuncture meridians and points of the body. Hence, it is also called “acupuncture without needles”.

Oriental philosophy describes the universe in terms of energy. All things are consider to be manifestations of a vital universal force, called “Ki” by the Japanese, “Chi” in China. In Oriental medicine harmony of Ki in the human body is essential to good health.

Shiatsu aims to regulate this energy in the body which flows thru the meridians, nourishing the organs, muscles, glands, nerves and blood. An imbalance of this energy network can lead to fatigue, pain and illness. Shiatsu treatments help relieve stress and pain, and improve muscle and joint function. Shiatsu can strengthen the body and improve overall health and well-being. This deep but gentle approach to preventive health care has many long term benefits.

There are many styles of Shiatsu taught and practiced in Japan and throughout the world. The most widely known are the Masunaga, Namikoshi, Ohashi and Macrobiotic styles. Other forms of finger pressure therapy include Acupressure and Jin Shin Do.

The treatment

Treatments are given in a safe, comfortable environment, which promotes relaxation.

The practitioner will use either a futon on the floor or a low table or a massage chair. The client is usually clothed and no oils are used during the treatment.

Pressure is applied with hands, thumbs, fingers, elbows, knees and feet and it is adjusted to each body type and condition.

During treatments, some discomfort may occur, but this is simply the body’s signal that an imbalance exists with the meridian system. A skilled practitioner works with these signals to normalize the flow of energy and restore optimum health.

Treatments usually last 60 or 90 minutes.

Chair Shiatsu Massage

Designed for ‘people on the go’, for the Market Place, for the Office, for Companies or Corporations that haverealized the benefits of workplace wellness.

What to expect

The client is sitting in a comfortable massage chair and the practitioner will apply Shiatsu Massage Techniques to help relax and release tension in the back, neck, shoulders
and arms.

Chair massage treatments:

– Reduces stress and fatigue while increases vitality and energizes.

– No oils are used during the treatment and the client remains clothed.

– Each person can choose to receive 15, 20 or 30 minutes session.

Call us to organize a chair shiatsu day in your office!

Price: $100.00 an hour

Benefits of Shiatsu

While Shiatsu treatments are known to create balance and harmonize, they can also offer benefits in other areas:

– Stress and tension

– Chronic back and neck pain

– Migraines and headaches

– Menstrual regularity and comfort

– Menopause

– Post traumatic stress

– Depression, anxiety

– Insomnia, fatigue

– Pregnancy and childbirth

– General wellness and vitality

– Relaxation