Shiatsu is a type of Japanese bodywork whose origins are a thousand years old. It is based on the Chinese meridian theory used to restore and enhance health. Like acupuncture, Shiatsu regulates the body’s energy and nervous system.
Treatments, done through the clothes, incorporate simple points and holds. They are characterized by extensive use of pressure techniques over acupoints often done using thumb or palms. The pressure varies according to the person, the area of the body, and what the work is addressing. It can be very deep, and help ease out physical tensions. It can be very light and feel soothing. Breathing and visualization may be included.
Shiatsu is calm and relaxing in nature, yet dynamic in effect; the body begins to re-adjust itself and healing takes place. The receiver is supported to become more aware of her body/mind as an integrated whole, on either a conscious or subconscious level. She becomes aware of areas of tension or weakness on either a physical or emotional level and through this process healing occurs.
The session takes place on a shiatsu mat at floor level or on a massage table. Please wear or bring loose, warm, comfortable clothing and socks. Following a shiatsu session it is common to feel very calm, centered, balanced, and re-energized.
Shiatsu is an excellent treatment for women throughout the perinatal process, from trying to conceive to postpartum. It is especially useful for people who do not like acupuncture needles, but would like the benefits that acupuncture can offer.
Joy Mandler, LMT, ABOTA, has 20 years of extensive perinatal care experience and is a certified doula. She is also a Reiki Master and incorporates Reiki into all of her sessions.