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
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.
About the practitioner:
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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