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Dancing Hands

Hellerwork and Massage

Victoria, BC

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What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a Japanese word. It means "finger pressure." A Shiatsu treatment does, however, incorporate the use not only of finger pressure, but also thumbs, palms, knees, forearms, elbows and feet. Pressure is applied to the areas of energy lines (meridians) to promote good health by "stimulating the body's energy flow (Ki)."

Length of Shiatsu Session

Each Shiatsu session usually lasts between 40 minutes and 1 hour. The session usually takes place on a padded mat on the floor.

The session often begins with gentle stretching and manipulation techniques to help stimulate the movement of energy and to relax the muscles. Pressure can be applied to wide areas as well as precise points and varied according to the body’s needs. Sometimes the pressure can be gentle and calming. Sometimes the pressure can be deeply stimulating. The amount and type of pressure depends on the specific needs of the individual.

Benefits of Shiatsu

Shiatsu can help alleviate the pain associated with a wide range of conditions. Shiatsu can also assist an individual with their self-development and self-healing; balancing the underlying causes of a condition; taking into account the functioning of the physical and psychological; promoting health and strengthening the body’s own healing abilities.

Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience, and regular Shiatsu sessions help to prevent the build-up of stress in our daily lives. Following a Shiatsu treatment, the individual may have feelings of increased vitality and relaxation.

Some of the immediate physical benefits of Shiatsu are to:

1. Stimulate the circulatory, lymphatic and hormonal systems.
2. Regulate the activity of the autonomic nervous system

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