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The Essence of  Shiatsu

Shiatsu nourishes life.

What lies at the heart of shiatsu therapy is the belief in and empowerment of one's unique healing wisdom, illuminating the body's capacity for restoring function and maintaining balance, and serves to reconnect you with the natural rhythms and cycles of your body. Shiatsu embraces the synergy of nature and spirit, linking what is happening in the external environment to our internal space. It is deeply nourishing and touches the innermost aspects of your being, affecting change on a cellular level. 

From a modern scientific perspective it is known that our body's systems create specific products that communicate with each other for the sole purpose of maintaining a healthy cellular structure. When trauma occurs, whether it be physical, emotional or other, one's inner balance is disturbed.  The practice of shiatsu considers all of these factors to determine where the imbalance is, and approaches healing from the perspective of working with your system's natural self-correcting tendencies toward balance. It allows for a recalibration, returning your entire being to a place where all systems are fully functioning, receiving nourishment, and working together as a whole.


Harmony for your body. mind and spirit.

The shiatsu practitioner relies on a highly developed sense of touch to assess the condition of your body. Acupoints and channels are positively affected, helping the benefits of the session travel deeply into your cells to create harmony and support an overall sense of wellbeing. 

You may experience improved movement in your joints, healthier sleep, better digestion, easier breathing, improved immune function and more.

The word "shiatsu" is literally translated as 'finger (shi) pressure (atsu)' and is from the Japanese meaning 'acupressure', often referred to as "acupuncture without needles". Shiatsu is a safe, non-invasive, profoundly effective form of hands-on bodywork therapy appropriate for people of any age. It delivers a clinically therapeutic experience, and rather than focusing on treating symptoms it addresses the root cause of a wide variety of ailments and health challenges. You remain fully clothed and no oils or lotions are used. Shiatsu is traditionally practiced on a comfortable mat on the floor but it can be adapted to a massage table.

In Japan the strongly held belief is that no instrument will ever surpass the precision and sensitivity of the human hand for assessing energy and being able to determine the condition of a person's health. read more about the Japanese Ministry of Health and the NIH


While there are many styles of shiatsu all share the same humble beginnings of Anma, the time-honored and traditional form of massage therapy in Japan. Zen Shiatsu is the style that forms the foundation of the practice at The Peaceful Healing Place/Inner Essence Shiatsu. 


In summary, everyone can benefit from shiatsu! Shiatsu is deeply respectful of your whole self and helps you feel truly at home in your own mind, body and spirit. And, after all, isn't that what feeling better is all about?

And so, for you, I offer the healing art of Shiatsu.


Ninetta Keenan

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