Shiatsu takes this theory one step further, working on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Modalities that include awareness of the body’s vital energy offer a way of understanding how our experience is stored in the body.

Shiatsu works with the body’s vital energy – also known as ‘chi’. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that when your chi becomes blocked, illness strikes.

Using pressure to stimulate the energy channels, shiatsu aims to unblock any stuck energy through a winning combination of kneading, stretching and rubbing for a true healing experience.

The following tips can help to ensure you reap the most benefit from your shiatsu massage:

  • Avoid eating a heavy meal before the session.
  • The therapy works best when muscles are relaxed, so try not to tense up when your practitioner is working.
  • Rest for at least an hour after your session (the effects of shiatsu continue working after the physical work has taken place).
  • Stay hydrated to help the body flush out released toxins.
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