Shiatsu bodywork comes from Japan. It works by applying pressure along the meridians of the body. No oil or lotion is used. Using thumbs, palms, fists, elbows, knees, feet , and even wooden or stone tools designed for use on pressure points. Shiatsu both stimulates circulation, releases tension and blocked – stagnant energy.
A client can be loosely clothed or not. Shiatsu is performed traditionally on a floor mat with the practitioner alongside or at the head of the client facing the feet. Sometimes even straddling to obtain the best pressure as the client exhales. When the client breathes in the next position is taken by the therapist. The treatment moves rhythmically in a flowing unison, many feel the sense that they are being rocked.
Meridians are lines of energy going up and down the body that are referenced in Acupuncture, as well as in Shiatsu and Acupressure. Shiatsu is distinct from Acupressure which originated in China, and uses the thumbs only.
In Japan Shiatsu is considered actual preventative health care and; a medical treatment. The study is therefore more extensive than in America.
Any massage I give can include various kinds of bodywork depending on your needs.