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about shiatsu

What is shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a therapeutic form of acupressure, muscle meridian stretching and corrective exercises derived from Japan. 

Shiatsu involves applying pressure to the body using a practitioner’s thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet.

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What conditions can be helped?

Shiatsu is excellent for general health maintenance and as a preventative therapy.  

Conditions that can respond well to shiatsu treatment include: allergiesarthritisback, neck and shoulder pain...

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What happens during a treatment?

A shiatsu session is about one hour of hands-on bodywork, plus time before and after for diagnosis and discussion.

The treatment can take place on a futon, on a massage-like table or on a chair, depending on the needs of the client. 

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What are the benefits of shiatsu?

Shiatsu is used to maintain and restore health. It is also an effective preventative therapy. People of all ages, including children, can benefit from treatments.

Shiatsu stimulates circulation, strengthens the body, promotes relaxation and alleviates pain and discomfort.

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Styles of shiatsu

Japan is essentially the birthplace of shiatsu as it is known today.  Many early Japanese shiatsu practitioners developed their own style and some, such as Tokujiro Namikoshi and Shizuto Masunaga, founded schools in Japan that helped establish shiatsu as a therapy in its own right.  

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