Stressed or in pain? The problem may run deeper than periodic external stressors.
We all live to some degree with stress, discomfort and pain resulting in limiting conditions and sometimes diseases without ever realizing there are proven natural treatments to help relieve our distress.
If you have ever felt that your quality of life has been reduced by disease or injury, Shiatsu sessions can help bring back the vitality you once knew.
The practice of Shiatsu focuses on treating the root causes of problems, rather than the symptoms we suffer. You can boost your wellness, enhance your recovery speed and muscle strength after athletic activity, and even improve your well-being after pregnancy with Shiatsu.
At the Cryo Spa Natural Healing Center in Bucks County PA, our team of certified Shiatsu practitioners can help you return to health and once again experience the vibrant life you had.
Below you’ll find answers to our most frequently asked questions about Shiatsu treatments.
What is shiatsu?
Shi – `a – tsu is a Japanese word that literally means “finger pressure.” Shiatsu, a form of Japanese Manual Body Therapy, has its roots in Oriental Medical Theory, with a history spanning 2,000 years. You may even see Shiatsu referred to as ‘Acupressure’ (acupuncture without needles) or an ‘Acupressure Massage.’ Shiatsu techniques are non-invasive. The practitioner will apply needed pressure using fingers, thumbs, and palms. Assisted stretching, joint manipulation and mobilization are also included in each therapeutic session. There are no known negative side effects.
How Does Shiatsu Work?
Stress tends to build up in our bodies, creating energetic blockages that can cause us to lose vitality. As you can imagine, this can lead to sickness and develop a pathway to disease. Rather than treating the symptoms, which is the approach of ‘allopathic,’ or western medicine, Shiatsu looks to target the root causes of health problems. Shiatsu is based on the concept of life energy, Qi – pronounced ‘Chi’ –which flows through ‘meridians’ in our body. If that Qi gets blocked by stress, sickness or a compromised immune system, our bodies cannot heal.
The practitioner applies physical pressure to selective points during a treatment session. It is this pressure which helps clear any blockages in the meridians to restore normal energy flow throughout the body. So, rather than “fixing” you, it is more accurate to say that the intent of Shiatsu is to assist your body’s natural self-healing process.
What you get in return is a restoration of emotional, mental and physical well-being – a return to Health! On its own, Shiatsu is a very effective healing therapy.
Combine it with other techniques such as Thai bodywork, Trigger Point Therapy and Meditation, even Chiropractic and Acupuncture treatments, and you’ll experience it as an even more impressive supporting therapy.
How Can Shiatsu Help You?
Since Shiatsu is non-invasive, it’s used to treat a wide variety of conditions from back pain to asthma, from broken sleep patterns to arthritis and depression. Shiatsu might be for you if you are considering surgery and would prefer a less-invasive approach. Many people have even had a liberating experience with Shiatsu, reducing their dependency on extended medication. Shiatsu can help relieve symptoms for many autoimmune conditions such as:
Shiatsu is also an effective wellness treatment for:
• Sports recovery and performance • Emotional balance • Healthy pregnancy and postpartum recovery • Strengthening immune function for the cold season • Bronchial asthma • Autism • Depression • Migraine and headaches • Sleep patterns • Low energy levels
What Happens In a Shiatsu Session?
Traditionally, a Shiatsu treatment session is done on a futon mat on the floor. You would want to wear light, comfortable clothes to have the best experience for both yourself and the practitioner.
If we need to be conscious of your health restrictions, Shiatsu can be done on a regular massage table or even in massage chair. We focus the session on the following:
• Structural Balancing (for joints aches and pain) • Organ Balancing • Emotional Balancing • Personal Growth
Depending on the needs of the client, a Certified Shiatsu practitioner will use the information given on the intake form to better understand the nature of the imbalance that’s presenting itself.
To gather a diagnosis your practitioner will use palpation, access structural body landmarks, analyze the face and the pulses.
Further advisement might extend into dietary amendments that will both benefit and enhance your well-being as well as inquiry into your everyday ergonomics that may be negatively affecting you in ways you did not know.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Shiatsu has been used for centuries to treat a range of conditions and to improve wellness. No serious adverse reaction has ever been reported.