Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork with it’s roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element philosophy. The word “shiatsu” translates literally to mean “finger pressure,” but we use palms, elbows, fingers, knees, forearms and more. Shiatsu aligns, and balances energy throughout the body by moving qi (life force energy) along meridians.

The practitioner follows the meridians and uses pressure points to bring one into a state of freedom and balance. In TCM, harmony of Qi within the human body is considered essential to health and is the aim of Shiatsu.  A treatment is a full body, personalized and individualized experience; it directly responds to what is going on physically, emotionally, and spiritually for the person in that moment.

The Asian tradition describes the world in terms of energy. Shiatsu creates harmony of our inner energies with that of the universe. To stay healthy a person must continually adapt to the changes going on within and outside the body. If these adaptations do not take place, illness or disharmony can manifest.

Understanding elemental relationships and their relation to the heart has powerful healing implications. At the very least, it can help us identify imbalances associated with each element's function in the body. Five Element Shiatsu uses targeted touch along specific elemental pathways to realign energetic pathways associated with those element's functions thus restoring balance at a deep physical, emotional, and spiritual level.




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