What is Shiatsu?

A 2-min introduction to Shiatsu

 

 

How does it work?

Zen Shiatsu is a unique form of Japanese bodywork therapy that provides clients with a complete healing experience. Zen Shiatsu integrates the ancient knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine with the deep musculoskeletal healing of massage and energetic harmonization central to Qi cultivation through the use of applied finger pressure along the meridians, or lines of energy in the body, point-specific touch, passive stretching and guided breathwork and dynamic movement. Shiatsu stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, the body’s Rest and Restore mode which helps regenerate tissues, helping you experience a shift from stress to relaxation and revitalization. During our first session, we will assess what your goals are and can determine the best treatment options to deliver you lasting results. Zen Shiatsu clients experience the natural processes of healing amplified, even in long-standing conditions, finding relief, revitalization, and balance.

The way Shiatsu is most effective is when clients come with specific goals in mind for treatment. If you don’t already know what your treatment goals would be, I can help you with that. A treatment plan generally consists of 3-6 weekly sessions, based on what’s needed for each individual and the progress that results from each session. This is the best approach when it comes to treating physical pain, chronic conditions and disease-states, and healing from emotional or traumatic experiences. Occasionally I treat a few clients who are in relatively perfect health and just like to come for Shiatsu to relax a bit more, though because my practice is clinical I tend to work with clients to set tangible goals for consecutive treatments. We track treatment from week to week and see how you progress, making adjustments along the way to accommodate the changes over time. In the end, we hope to see we’ve reach your goals for treatment and are more pain-free, happier and healthier than before you started with Shiatsu.

 

Benefits of Zen Shiatsu

Shiatsu is beneficial in relieving a variety of common ailments and is excellent in treating general stress and supporting a sense of wellbeing.

Shiatsu can…

  • Alleviate and may be able to completely eliminate muscular tensionaches and pains, including backache, neck and shoulder stiffness, joint pain, and limited mobility
  • Improve range of motion and enhance performance
  • Promote heightened quality of sleep for insomnia or sleep difficulties
  • Relieve stress by facilitating the deep relaxation, calm the mind, ease the fluctuation of emotions, help release trauma, anxiety, and depression
  • Assist in rebalancing emotional responses
  • Relieve headaches
  • Harmonize digestive imbalances
  • Ease menstrual and menopausal complaints, balancing the reproductive system
  • Support the health of women during pregnancy
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Promote the healing process in muscular sprains and strains
  • Increase circulation in the body
  • Open sinus congestion, relieve cold and flu symptoms

 

What to Expect During a Treatment

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Shiatsu is traditionally performed on a comfortable Japanese futon mat on the floor with the receiver wearing soft, loose-fitting clothing. Often, receivers will be on an elevated table. Pillows and bolsters will be used when needed for added comfort.

Once the receiver is feeling settled, the treatment will begin with a hara diagnosis, which is a gentle abdominal palpation. The hara is physically our center of balance and gravity but more importantly is considered to be the center of our energy. Hara palpation plays in essential role in being able to “read the body”. By reading the hara, I will be able to assess the current state of one’s constitution, physical wellbeing and determine which of the meridians, or energy pathways of the body, are calling for treatment. This will help me form a clearer picture of what needs to be brought into balance throughout the session. Hara palpation also offers the receiver beneficial touch therapy directly on the organs in the abdomen.

Throughout the session, the meridians of the body will be contacted via the palms and fingertips, and occasionally the elbows and knees. The pressure can be as light as gentle touch or as deep into the tissues, depending on what is needed in the moment. With the receiver completely relaxed, stretches and passive movement will assist in further opening areas of tension and tightness, thereby relieving chronic pain caused by stagnation and blockage of fluids within the body. Through touch, the receiver is guided into expanding and relaxing into spaciousness.

 

Rates

60-min Zen Shiatsu treatments are $95.

Three-session packages of 60-min sessions are available for $255 ($85 per session).

90-min Shiatsu and Wellness Coaching sessions are $135.

120-min Complete Consultations are $185.

I am happy to travel and offer appointments in your home for an additional $25 Housecall Fee.

 

 

Treatment Room

Treatment room at Zen Shiatsu Chicago