Massage Therapy at The Healing Point
Conveniently located in King of Prussia, Montgomery County, PA
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Shiatsu Massage Therapy
What is Shiatsu massage?
Shiatsu, which literally means finger pressure, is derived from an ancient form of holistic Chinese medicine that combines massage and acupressure and has been in existence for more than 2,000 years. Shiatsu helps maintain and restore health by improving the flow of energy along the meridians. Meridians can best be understood as pathways for the circulation of Qi, or subtle energy, which exists in everyone.

The central concept in Oriental medicine is that all physical problems are a result of obstructions in the flow of Qi. Shiatsu uses techniques such as stretching, rocking, holding and various degrees of pressure using thumbs, palms, elbows or knees to release these obstructions. Shiatsu is done on a futon mat on the floor and the client is fully dressed at all times. No oils are used and client must wear loose fitting clothing and fresh clean socks.

Shiatsu massage, therefore, combines the knowledge of massage, which people have used for centuries to heal their aches and pains, with energy pathways that are interconnected and provides a holistic tableau for addressing mind, body, and spirit.

What to expect
The treatment will be performed by using pressure along the meridians or specific areas of the body. Techniques such as stretching, rocking or holding an area passively can also be used.

Most of the time, treatments will be very relaxing and you will feel the tension release from the body. Some areas of the body may feel sore, tender or stiff. This is positive and usually related to the areas of the body that need attention the most. Sore areas are where the inner body is sending distress signals to the surface. By applying pressure to these areas, a positive stimulation is being sent back to the source of imbalance.

Generally, it is recommended to start with 10-12 treatments, which can be spread out over 3-4 months. In the beginning, it is possible for some people to take more than one treatment per week

Once the body/mind becomes accustomed and more responsive to the treatments, you will recognize when stress is building up in the system and when your energy is becoming stuck. You will know on your own when it is time to receive a treatment.

Shiatsu treatments are done on a futon or body cushion with the recipient fully clothed. It is best to wear loose fitting clothing and bring a fresh pair of clean cotton socks. Treatments last anywhere from 50 minutes to 1 hour. Occasionally, it can be a little bit longer depending on your needs that day.

Immediate effects
After a treatment, you will feel more relaxed. You will notice that your breathing has become deeper and you may have the sensation that energy is flowing through the body. The emotions are calm and life situations seem to have a more balanced perspective.

Short-term results
Receiving shiatsu helps to relieve pain in the body. It improves posture, digestion, elimination and breathing. It gives an overall sense of well-being and supports a positive attitude. If a person has had a very stressful lifestyle, they may feel the need to have a little bit more rest than usual after the first few sessions.

Long-term results
Shiatsu helps to repattern the body and mind. It encourages the body and mind to develop more balanced and relaxed ways to function. The choices we start to make support a healthier lifestyle. This may include better dietary habits, going out in nature, exercise, and enjoying good quality hobbies. We also begin to appreciate and better utilize what we already have in life.

About the practitioner:
Anne Butler, MT
Anne Butler is a Graduate of The Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy where she completed the Professional Massage Therapy AMTA/COMTA Accredited Program, which includes Massage Therapy, Anatomy and Physiology, Corrective Medical Massage Techniques, Shiatsu, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology and Science of Kinesiology.

Anne continued her own personal development while deepening her awareness of the body's healing and regenerative energy while practicing shiatsu. Anne began her studies under Jill Silverstein, B.F.A.,Dipl.ABT, NCCAOM; AOBTA CP at the Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy and then continued her advanced studies with Saul Goodman, AOBTA, CI, founder of the International School of Shiatsu. Studies included Oriental Medical Theory, Structural Alignment, Food and Healing, Zen Shiatsu, Fascia, Shiatsu Shin Tai and Hara.

Anne has the skills and intuitive ability to treat each client as an individual to create a sense of wholeness and well-being using her trained techniques such as, Shiatsu, Therapeutic Massage, which includes Deep tissue and Trigger Point work. Anne also has a deeper appreciation in giving a relaxing Pregnancy Massage, now that she is mother with her first child.

Anne is also a Professional Member of the American Massage Therapy Association and has completed the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

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The Healing Point
215 W. Church Road, Suite 112, King of Prussia, PA 19406
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