Shiatsu treatments are more than a simple massage. Shiatsu sessions start with an assessment of your overall health. This assessment is based on a series of quick diagnostic observations, then a chat about why you came to clinic in the first place.
During the Shiatsu massage, your therapist will apply pressure on your body. This will be done with hands, fingers, thumb, and maybe an elbow or knee. The therapist will use the body part that best suits the area of your body that they are working on.
What does it feel like?
Shiatsu massage is a non-invasive technique which is rhythmic and relaxing. Your practitioner will place pressure along the different meridians in your body. This allows your body’s natural energy to balance and restore to promote healing in all areas of the body. Not just the areas causing you pain or discomfort.
Every Shiatsu treatment is different. Some might even include some adjunct oriental therapies such as cupping, moxibustion or gua sha.
Will I have to take off my clothes?
No. For the most part, you will be completely dressed, sometimes even with a light sheet over the top of you. You may be sitting on a chair, or lying on a low table, depending on your condition. Traditionally, Shiatsu treatments are done on the floor on a comfortable futon style mat. This allows your therapists to move freely around you, using their own body to support and assist when stretching you.
If you would like to find out more about Shiatsu, why not book into the COTY Student Clinic and try a Shiatsu massage yourself. You won’t be disappointed!