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What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork or finger pressure massage. Shiatsu actually means "finger pressure".


 How Does Shiatsu Work?

Like acupuncture, shiatsu is based on the holistic system of traditional Chinese medicine, where illness is thought to result from imbalances in the natural flow of energy called qi throughout the body.

Shiatsu therapists use finger, thumbs, palm and elbow pressure to energetic pathways, called meridians to improve the flow of qi energy.

Shiatsu calms an overactive sympathetic nervous system improving circulation and relieving stiff muscles and reducing stress.


How Does Shiatsu Feel?

The shiatsu therapist applies pressure using fingers, thumbs, palms and elbows in a continuous rhythmic sequence.

The pressure feels more localized because the finger pads are used to apply pressure for most of the treatment instead of the entire palm.

Some pressure points may feel tender, which can be described as "good pain."

If you feel any discomfort or pain at any time during the treatment, let your therapist know and they will adjust the pressure so that it is more comfortable for you.

Most people feel that shiatsu is as relaxing as a normal form of massage therapy but with more therapeutic value.


What Should I Expect From My Shiatsu Treatment?

The treatment is done on a low massage table or on the floor.
With shiatsu little or no massage oil is applied, so you can remain fully clothed during the treatment if you like. You may be asked to bring loose comfortable clothing to wear.


Applications For Shiatsu

  • Relaxation
  • PMS
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Back pain
  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Lack of energy
  • Recovery from injuries
  • Stress
  • Arthritis
  • Constipation and digestive disorders



Contra indications for Shiatsu can include:

  • infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds after surgery
  • immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
  • people with osteoporosis should consult their doctor before having shiatsu
  • prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having shiatsu
  • pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting any type of massage or bodywork. Shiatsu in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.
  • shiatsu should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumours, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.
  • You can book your Shiatsu Treatment or Massage or Remedial Massage by ringing Cheryl Young and Graham Honeyman at Rainbow Bay Massage on 0419609232 in Tweed Heads Coolangatta Gold Coast
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Our clinic is located above Rainbow Bay in Tweed Heads above the Tweed river between the beautiful surfing beaches of Coolangatta and Duranbah on the Gold Coast at 10 Hill st Tweed Heads around the corner from the Dbar Cafe. Phone 0419609232

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