illuminata shiatsu massage
& bodywork techniques 




& bodywork techniques




About Shiatsu

What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu (pronounced shee-aht’-su) is a Japanese word derived from ‘shi’ meaning finger and ‘atsu’ meaning pressure.  Shiatsu is a Japanese style of body work that focuses on opening the human structure through passive joint rotation and stretching and moving the Ki (pronounced key) or Life Energy by applying careful pressure with the thumb, finger, elbow or knee on tsubo’s or points along a series of channels called meridians.  This system restores the smooth flow of Ki and returns the body to balance leaving one with a sense of relaxation and well-being.  In most cases Shiatsu is performed on a futon on the floor.
Preparing for Session...

Eat Lightly. The blood sugar and metabolic function often drop during bodywork.

Stay Hydrated.  Circulation may speed up causing excess fluids to drain into the stomach and kidneys. 

Wear loose, non-binding cotton clothing such as exercise wear.  Jeans and regular pants are okay but may cause difficulty or discomfort when the limbs are rotated. 


  • Improves flexibility and function of the joints and muscles
  • Improves circulation and general body tone
  • Alleviates excessive mental and physical stress
  • Alleviates symptoms of inflammation, arthritis, eczema, asthma and
  • Restores the mind to a sense of well-being and comfort

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