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Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu is a whole-body treatment accomplished with mostly finger or palm pressure. Some therapists may also use their knees, elbows, and feet when needed. During this type of massage, therapists use firm pressure and muscle manipulation techniques. This pressure is placed along specific points of your body, called meridians, to release tension.

Shiatsu is based on the same principles as acupuncture and acupressure and focuses on the meridian lines or energy pathways. Therapists and styles take different approaches. Some therapists focus on acupressure points while others concentrate on influencing the energy flow.

After a Shiatsu massage, which tends to be deeper and more active than other types of massage, you will likely feel loose and invigorated. Shiatsu massage is intended to increase circulation, detoxify your body, reduce blood pressure, and relieve pain from tense muscles. Shiatsu massage therapists usually recommend resting (and drinking water) for an hour after your session to give your body time to detoxify and recuperate.

Precautions & Contraindications: Massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in some cases it is best to obtain a written doctors referral. Massage therapists, may not, under the written law, attempt to diagnose any medical conditions. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us for more information.

Additional Tip: May want to avoid eating a heavy meal before a massage. 

Contraindications to Receiving Massage Therapy: Massage treatment is relaxing and natural. It is generally considered a safe treatment for most people however, there are three types of“Contraindications” where massage could be provided but may be limited or, massage is not recommended at that time.

Recommendations Following a Massage:

Massage has a detoxifying effect on one's body. It is recommended to drink plenty of water after receiving a massage to flush metabolic waste from the muscle tissues. It is also recommended to avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol for the next 24 hours after receiving a massage.


Prior to the start of any massage treatment, massage professionals will have each client complete a client health history intake form. The main purpose of a client intake form is to inform the massage professional of current and past health issues and injuries (within the year) so, special care can be taken to treat current issues and prevent additional injury.