This spa treatment is safe to have during pregnancy. Please inform your spa therapist which trimester you are in so that they may accommodate you.
Originating in Japan, Shiatsu is a point-holding form of body work that follows the principles of Eastern medicine. Pressure is applied in various ways over the body to restore balance in the physical, emotional and spiritual self. Shiatsu can be effective for addressing various health conditions, aches and pains.
Benefits• Pain relief and reduced muscle tension• Relieves headaches, insomnia, poor digestion, constipation, premenstrual tension and respiratory problems• Helps to maintain current health and prevent illness• Beneficial for pregnant women, athletes and seniors• Nourishing and strengthening for chronic persistent conditions and syndromes What to bring/prepare• Wear loose or flexible, long sleeve clothing• Ideally, arrive neither full nor hungry• Plan on resting immediately after Shiatsu• Avoid hot shower, steam or hot tub immediately before Shiatsu...................................Try this treatment if• You need relief from pain and muscle tension• You have had a massage before and/or you prefer to remain clothed• You want a holistic treatment that uses manual therapy to help address emotional and mental stress• You have trouble relaxing or are suffering from fatigue (the long holding pressure of shiatsu helps increase your energy levels)• You like a deep massage that doesn't leave you sore the next day (note: the pressure is always to your comfort level, please communicate your needs)• You cannot lie in certain positions (Shiatsu can be given on your side, face up, or face down)...................................Product LineNo product used
Read moreShiatsu (pronounced "shee-at-soo") is a wonderful contemporary bodywork therapy which works with all the different energetic levels of your body: physical, mental and spiritual. The Japanese name literally means "finger pressure" and this is a relaxing whole body massage where the therapist uses comfortable, supportive, holding pressure from their fingers, palm, and elbow to promote your body's self-healing abilities. By palpating, questioning and observing, your therapist identifies areas where your ki is distorted, stagnated or deficient and works to restore balance and harmony. "Ki" (or Qi in Chinese) is your life energy that ideally flows freely along channels/meridians but can become disrupted due to posture, injury, stress, emotions, etc. In a traditional oriental view, an imbalance of ki develops before symptoms of illness occur. So you may find that points are sore that you weren't aware of but that feel relieved when pressed. Your treatment may also involve more dynamic moves like passive stretching, gentle traction to promote alignment, rotation of all major joints, as well as rocking, rubbing, and tapping/chopping. The overall effect of the slow sustained holding pressure of Shiatsu actively encourages conscious relaxation; in western biomedical terms Shiatsu helps calm your overactive sympathetic nerve function and to promote restful, healing parasympathetic nervous functioning. This unique "moving meditation" works along most of the body from head to toes, and out from shoulders to finger tips, helping you feel deeply relaxed, yet invigorated and clear and more in touch with every part of your body. The positive effects of a Shiatsu session can last for days or weeks, such as tranquility, pain relief, improved digestion and deeper sleep. Your session may be performed on a massage table or padded floor mat. Generally, no two shiatsu sessions are ever alike (we adapt the treatment to your condition and feedback and the therapists intuition and knowledge). You may also feel a comfortable "good" pain at times during the session. By John Ireland, CST, RRPr, BA John Ireland began practicing as an Alternative Therapist at Ste. Anne's Spa in 2005. He graduated with Honors in Shiatsu Therapy from the Shiatsu School of Canada and is a Certified Shiatsu Therapist (CST) with the Shiastu Therapy Association of Ontario (www.shiatsuassociation.com). He studied Thai Massage with Pejman Ayoubzadeh at The Academy of Traditional Thai Massage and became a Registered Reflexology Practitioner (RRpr) through the Ontario College of Reflexology (www.ocr.edu/). John also graduated from Trent University with a B.A. degree in Anthropology and Development Studies.
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