What's the difference between shiatsu and massage?
While I offer both shiatsu and Swedish-style massage, I believe that in many cases shiatsu is the more useful modality. This chart might help explain the differences.
|...works with the meridians and acupoints of Chinese medicine to address imbalances in any aspect of the body or mind.||...works primarily with the muscles and connective tissue to improve circulation and decrease tension.|
|...uses mostly rhythmic pressure and stretching.||...uses mostly rubbing and kneading.|
|...is performed with the client fully clothed (unless supplemental methods like moxibustion or gua sha are used on bare skin).||...is usually performed on bare skin with oils or lotions, and requires the client to partially or fully disrobe.|
|...is usually performed on a mat on the floor. (Though a table can be used, and our Shiatsu on the Spot service seats clients on a stool.)||...is performed on a table, or is sometimes adapted to a special "massage chair".|
|...is primarily based on principles of Chinese medicine, which is explicitly holistic, integrating treatment of the body and the mind/spirit. (However, Asian Bodywork Therapists are also well trained in conventional Western anatomy and physiology.)||...is primarily based on current conventional Western views of wellness and healing, which can be mired in Cartesian mind/body dualism. (However, massage therapists generally take a more holistic approach than other Western healthcare practitioners.)|
|...often leaves the recipient feeling relaxed but energized.||...often leaves the recipient relaxed but feeling somewhat sleepy.|
Both modalities are wonderful ways to relieve stress and promote health.