Shiatsu is a form of acupressure massage developed in Japan in the early 20th century. Zen Shiatsu is based on 3 schools: Namikoshi, Seniawa and Masunaga. The origin of Shiatsu (shi = finger, atsu = pressure) dates back to before 2500 BC; it is based on traditional Chinese medicine including the meridian system, yin/yang theory, theory of 5 phases or elements and concept of Chi as life force energy/the animating principle of all things. Chi flows through a network of energy lines (the “meridians”) throughout the entire body. Blockages may arise when disruption of this stream that can cause health problems.

A Zen Shiatsu massage works directly on this vital energy and helps move the body and mind back into balance.Treatment focuses on certain points on the meridians through pressure exerted through thumbs, fingers and palms.

Benefits to Zen Shiatsu

  • Increases circulation
  • Reduces stress and tension
  • Harmonizes the nervous system
  • Increases vitality
  • Better Chi flow
  • Relaxes the body and mind
  • Increases joint mobility
  • Increases energy
  • Boosts the immune system promoting overall well being

Zen Shiatsu is used to treat:

  • Headache
  • Back, neck and shoulder complaints
  • Digestion problems
  • Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Zen Shiatsu is typically practiced on a mat on the floor or sometimes on a massage table.

During a Shiatsu session, the client is wearing comfortable clothes: for example, sweatpants and T-shirt. No oil or lotion is used.


In most cases massage is considered an eligible expense for your FSA or HSA account.

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