Zen Shiatsu Portland

Shiatsu is a powerful tool for achieving and maintaining optimum wellness.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my Shiatsu session take place?
How should I be dressed for Shiatsu?
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
Will I be covered during the session?
What parts of my body will be treated?
What will the Shiatu session feel like?
Are there different kinds of Shiatsu?
What should I do during the Shiatsu session?
How will I feel after the Shiatsu session?
What are the benefits of Shiatsu?
Are there any medical conditions that would make Shiatsu inadvisable?

Where will my Shiatsu session take place?
Your Shiatsu session  will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Water sounds from a fountain or soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a futon on the floor (or a table if you prefer). 

How should I be dressed for Shiatsu?
Shiatsu traditionally is done through light clothing and so does not require the use of oil or lotion.  Most of my clients bring their own loose, comfortable clothes to change into (such as llghtweight sweat pants and a short or long sleeved tee shirt) or I can provide some.

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
I will leave the room while you change into your comfortable clothes or you can change in the nearby restroom.  Then you can lie on your back and rest on the futon.

Will I be covered during the session?
You will be fully dressed at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. 

What parts of my body will be treated?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.

What will the Shiatsu session feel like?
A relaxing Shiatsu session is often a baseline for clients. In a general Shiatsu session, your session may start with a Hara assessment (for more information see the page About Hara Assessment) that will help your practitioner decide what meridians and body area will be most helpful to allow you to feel relaxed and energized by the work.  I will check in with you to discover how much pressure you prefer.  Shiatsu sessions are most effective when your body welcomes the pressure and finds it relieving.

Are there different kinds of Shiatsu?
There are numerous types of shiatsu; in my practice I use a form referred to as Zen Shiatsu.  Zen Shiatsu can be gentle, and it also can be deep and vigorous.  It's important to me to work with you to discover what works best for YOU!.

What should I do during the Shiatsu session?
Prior to the Shiatsu, feel free to ask me any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the Shiatsu, make yourself comfortable. I will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

How will I feel after the Shiatsu?
Most people feel very relaxed and invigorated. Some people experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a Shiatsu session, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your treatment.

What are the benefits of Shiatsu?
Shiatsu can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.

Are there any medical conditions that would make Shiatsu inadvisable?
Yes, although they are rare. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.

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