What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu therapy is a gentle alternative for pain relief and relaxation.  This traditional Japanese healing technique uses thumbs and palms to apply pressure on selected points of the body which provides soothing relief and promotes healing.

Sharon Bidder is trained in traditional Namikoshi shiatsu.  This is the most popular style of shiatsu practiced in Japan and the only type officially recognized by the Japanese government.  Therapists use only thumbs and palms to apply comfortable pressure to specific points on the skin and muscles based upon western anatomical points of the body….read moreThis stimulates sensory receptors which initiates a response in other areas of the body (via the spinal cord).  Because shiatsu engages the parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system, the body quickly relaxes as blood pressure, heart rate and respiration rates decrease and digestion/elimination is stimulated.  Both physical and mental stress are reduced and the body’s natural healing cycle is triggered.  This is why you feel relaxed so soon after the start of your treatment and why you feel so sleepy afterwards, even if you have a painful injury.

Shiatsu treatment is particularly effective to reduce chronic and acute pain associated with the back, neck, shoulders and joints. Flexibility and mobility is usually immediately improved.  Shiatsu successfully treats many stress related conditions, as well as soft tissue injuries, joint injuries and chronic conditions.

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