Shiatsu is a style of massage that originated in Japan, and is based on traditional Chinese medicine. This style of massage relies on the use of fingers, thumbs, and palms to apply pressure to the body to promote energy flow (called “chi”) and release blockages of energy. This modality works to improve overall health of the entire internal energy system. When one area is ‘blocked’ it prevents that energy stream from entering another area, leaving it ‘empty’. Blocked chi can contribute to a variety of aches, pains and illnesses. The goal of Shiatsu is to bring balance to the energy streams within your body. This promotes healthy circulation, reduces stress, soothes pain, and can calm the sympathetic nervous system.
Shiatsu and Acupuncture have a similar foundational understanding. Both forms of Eastern Medicine rely on “energy highways” in the body referred to as meridians. These energy highways are responsible for carrying different forms of energy throughout the body. When we say your meridian is “blocked” – it’s like the energy in your body is stuck on I-75 at 6pm on a Tuesday during construction season – it’s moving, but not at the rate or pace you’d prefer on a highway. While Acupuncture uses needles to move, or release the energy blockages, Shiatsu uses massage pressure – also called Acupressure – to release the energy.
One of the core differences that most people notice first is that this style of massage is performed clothed, on a padded mat on the floor. When attending a Shiatsu session, it is recommended that you dress like you would to attend a class at your local gym. Loose fitting, stretchy clothing is ideal.
Our Owner, Jerry Stutz, is our Shiatsu Practitioner. He has been studying the craft for almost a decade and has mastered the blend of art and science in the practice. Sessions are typically an hour and a half to ensure full energy work is accomplished. If you see Jerry, feel free to ask him about his experience with Shiatsu, and why he believes so strongly in its healing capabilities.