Shiatsu treatments are based on the same philosophy as acupuncture. However, shiatsu uses touch rather than needles to help your body activate its own healing mechanisms. Shiatsu is a medical art that realigns energy in the body utilizing the 12 main energy pathways in the body called meridians. Using fingers, thumbs and sometimes elbows, a combination of gentle stretches, tapping and kneading is used to open the body’s meridians. Shiatsu is a very gentle type of bodywork done on either a massage table or floor futon. Clients are fully clothed during the treatment. At the beginning of each session, an evaluation of your energy is done to find patterns of imbalance and to develop a treatment tailored to your individual needs. Shiatsu can restore balance and reduce stress leaving you feeling relaxed and renewed.