Shiatsu Shin Tai
LIFE FORCE RECOVERY MASSAGE THERAPY...Inspires
Creativity and Growth.
What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu simultaneously relaxes and energizes the
body, mind and spirit--feeling is believing.
Shiatsu means, literally, "finger pressure". Zen-style
Shiatsu, as practiced by Terry Niedzialek, combines traditional
Chinese and Japanese bodywork with Western techniques and modern
knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Through sensitive touch,
gentle pressure is applied with the hands along the energy meridians
and other specific areas of the body to balance the energy as
it flows to the organs, glands, muscles, nerves and blood. Gentle
stretching, massage, holding and manipulations of the spine, ribs,
pelvis, abdomen, muscles, and limbs to free the flow of energy--chi
or life force--in the body.
What are the Benefits of Shiatsu?
As shiatsu releases tension, this triggers all the
body’s regenerative and self-healing functions. Having a
strong flow of energy increases our physical vitality and stamina,
positive mental outlook and clarity, and deepens our consciousness.
Shiatsu stimulates and harmonizes the body's energy, producing
an overall sense of well being. Shiatsu can help strengthen digestion
and elimination, as well as the respiratory, circulatory, hormonal,
immune, and nervous systems. It can improve posture and mobility.
Shiatsu can awaken us to connect to our bodies and feel whole.
How Does Shiatsu Work?
Shiatsu balances and frees the flow of energy in
the body known as the "chi", or life force. Thousands
of years ago the Chinese discovered that “chi” circulates
through the body along well-defined pathways called meridians.
This “chi” feeds the organs, muscles and senses. Modern
research has shown these meridians--the same used in acupuncture--to
be electrical paths that operate deep within the tissue.
When a person's energy is in balance, she feels good emotionally
and physically. If the flow of energy is out of balance, a person
may develop unhealthful symptoms or conditions and, eventually,
What is the Relaxation-Tension Response?
Excess stress is a negative force that can leave
the autonomic nervous system out of balance. The ANS has two branches,
the orthosympathetic and the parasympathetic. In a healthy person
the two work together to produce a balanced mind/body and a happy,
The ortho branch, the "fight or flight" mechanism, helps
protect us from negative stimulation. If this system dominates
and an over-energized response becomes unconscious habit, it can
produce chronic stress all over the body, with effects such as
fatigue, back and neck pain, negativity, anxiety, allergic responses,
The para branch allows us to be calm and relaxed, stimulating
the regenerative energy of the body and mind. It builds energy
and enables us to feel good and enjoy life. It activates creativity,
positiveness, a healthy immune system, and balanced breathing.
Zen Shiatsu reduces the orthosympathetic response, and strengthens
the parasympathetic response. Over time, this shifts the nervous
system from the tension-response to the relaxation-response, activating
the body's regenerative impulses to promote healing and maintain
What to Expect
It is best to arrive on an empty stomach. Treatments
take about one hour which includes discussion about the person’s
past and present condition.