A dynamic treatment performed at floor level that can increase flexibility and promote relaxation. This holistic massage, which literally translates as finger pressure, uses compression and stretching along Ki lines of the body to restore energetic balance. The massage is performed fully clothed, and shares some techniques with yoga and stretching as well as more traditional massage.
Who would benefit from a Shiatsu massage?
Anyone who gets tension headaches or suffers from arthritis. It may also promote better sleep habits in people struggling with insomnia.
People who may choose to select this treatment:
Experience specific tension in an area of the body, such as the neck, back or hips.
Are stressed or have difficulty sleeping.
Have bowel disorders, morning sickness or menstrual problems.
Do not want to undress, Shiatsu is performed over your clothes.
Find Thai massage too physical.
People who should not choose a Shiatsu massage:
Looking for a traditional massage. Try an Urban Classic or Deep Tissue massage instead.
Have a high fever or contagious disease.
Pregnant with a history of miscarriage or ill health.
Those with general massage contraindications, including blood cancer, osteoporosis, uncontrolled diabetes or severe nerve damage.
Shiatsu massage potential benefits
Relaxes the body and restores energetic balance.
Reduces stress and calms the central nervous system.
Helps with muscular pain, joint pain and stiffness.
During your Shiatsu treatment
Your Shiatsu massage will be performed on a mat or futon on the floor. Wear loose fitting, long sleeved clothes and make sure you are comfortable with the temperature in the room. Your therapist will guide you through a series of supported postures or stretches using their thumbs, palms, knees and feet.
Your therapist will use their hands, arms and maybe even feet to apply pressure to points along your body. They may also pull you into stretches and poses to lengthen and release your muscles. The pressure of a Shiatsu massage can be deep, so you should let your therapist know about any concerns before they begin. No oils are used in this therapy.
After your Shiatsu massage
Take time to rest and relax and avoid intense physical activity until your body has had a chance to recover. Shiatsu is most effective after a few, regular treatments.
What is the difference between a Shiatsu and a Thai Yoga massage?
Shiatsu and Thai Yoga massage work with the same energy channels, but a Thai Yoga massage uses more of the body in each stretch. A Shiatsu massage may feel less physical and more relaxing, but is still more interactive than a classic treatment such as a Deep Tissue.
Does Shiatsu massage hurt?
Your therapist may use quite deep pressure at times, and you should always let them know if you’re experiencing discomfort.
What type of therapists specialise in Shiatsu massage?
Specialists need to hold an advanced diploma to practice this type of massage.
This page describes the most common techniques for a specific type of massage. Your therapist will tailor your treatment to your individual needs based on their expert knowledge and experience.