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Shiatsu Frequently Asked Questions

What is Shiatsu Therapy?

Shiatsu in Japanese literally translated as "finger pressure", Shiatsu consists of simple manipulations and pressure applied to acupuncture meridians and points. Hence, it has been called "acupuncture without needles".

Shiatsu aims to regulate the energy known as "ki" or "chi", which flows through these meridians, nourishing the organs, muscles, glands, nerves and blood. An imbalance in this energy network can lead to fatigue, pain and illness. Shiatsu treatments help to relieve stress and pain, improve muscle and joint function, strengthen the body, and improve health and well being.

Today, many styles of Shiatsu are taught and practiced in Japan and throughout the world. The most widely known are the Masunaga, Namikoshi, and Ohashi styles.


What happens during a treatment?

Treatments are given in a safe, comfortable environment, which promotes relaxation. Treatments are typically done on a futon. The client is clothed in comfortable clothing. Pressure is applied with hands, thumbs, fingers, elbows, and knees.Treatment includes stretching, manipulation and limb rotation in a seamless flow of movement. Each Shiatsu treatment is adjusted to each person's body type and condition.

Is Shiatsu painful?

Shiatsu Therapy offers a deep yet relaxing experience. Pain is a signal that an imbalance exists within the energetic system. When the area or point of pain is located appropriate pressure is applied. Gradually, the pain subsides or changes character. Tension is released, the flow of Ki is restored, and the healing process begins.

How can Shiatsu Therapy benefit you?

Some of the many benefits of Shiatsu Therapy include:

  • relieves stress and tension

  • improves digestion

  • improves joint pain

  • relieves headaches

  • relieves back,neck and shoulder pain

  • strengthens immune system

  • improves energy level

  • aides in sports injuries

  • promotes healthy pregnancy

Aliza has over 20 years of experience practicing Shiatsu Therapy. She studied with Master Wataru Ohashi and is an advanced graduate of the Ohashi Institute. 

At North Jersey Massage Maywood, NJ we offer Shiatsu workshops and continuing education for massage therapists looking to further their Shiatsu skills. 

Aliza accompanied by Master Wataru Ohashi

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