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  • Writer's pictureDana D.

What is ShiAtsu?

ShiAtsu is among one of the many modalities of massage therapy to choose from. It is said to amplify the body's own ability to heal itself.

ShiAtsu means “finger pressure” in Japanese, where a practitioner uses their fingers, thumbs and palm to apply pressure to various areas of the body. This massage is effective for a wide range of conditions such as:

  • Headaches

  • PMS

  • musculoskeletal pain

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Fatigue

  • Insomnia

  • Stress

  • Anxiety

However, ShiAtsu is performed a little differently than what most think of as a typical massage. Sessions occur on a comfortable mat on the floor with the client remaining fully clothed.

One of the main goals of ShiAtsu is to correct imbalances in the body. After an assessment and gentle stretching, the practitioner then uses their palms and thumbs to work 6 of the 12 meridians (channels) resulting in a deep sense of well being.

These meridians or channels are throughout the body and have energy channels that floe through them. Each one of the 12 meridians corresponds with particular organs. If these pathways are blocked, they can lead to ailments in the body. Shi Atsu works to clear any blockages and restore balance in the body.

Our new massage therapist, Julia Nakken is specialized in ShiAtsu! To try it out for yourself, please visit

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