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Top 10 Shiatsu venues

  1. Anmo Massage TherapyAnmo Massage Therapy

    Anmo Massage Therapy

    127 High Street, Kew 3101
    Rating:
    (6)
    Anmo Massage specialises in sports massage, pregnancy massage, pre-event massage, injury rehabilitation, and Chinese medicine acupuncture.
  2. Lowood Natural TherapiesLowood Natural Therapies

    Lowood Natural Therapies

    81 Main Street, Lowood 4311
    Rating:
    (16)
    Lowood Natural Therapies offers affordable remedial, relaxation or hot stone massage to soothe your aches and pains. Re-balance your body and mind with Reiki.
  3. Anasa HealingAnasa Healing

    Anasa Healing

    219 Magill Road, Maylands 5069
    Rating:
    (11)
    Anasa Healing is a beautiful haven of calmness and healing. It combines acupressure, Swedish massage, remedial massage, reflexology and relaxation techniques.
  4. Spring Beauty & TherapySpring Beauty & Therapy

    Spring Beauty & Therapy

    20-22 McKillop Street, Melbourne CBD 3000
    Rating:
    (10)
    Relax with a massage treatment with Spring Beauty & Therapy. Choose from acupressure, deep tissue oil, or Chinese traditional medical therapy or reflexology.
  5. Xallini Day SpaXallini Day Spa

    Xallini Day Spa

    402 Hampton St, Hampton 3188
    Rating:
    (13)
    Step into a spa oasis with Xallini Day Spa invite. Indulge in luxurious hair, beauty and massage treatments including remedial, deep tissue and aromatherapy.
  6. Vibrant Ayurveda - Burleigh HeadsVibrant Ayurveda - Burleigh Heads

    Vibrant Ayurveda - Burleigh Heads

    1863 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads 4220
    Embrace this ancient form of healing and wellness at Vibrant Ayurveda Wellness Centre. Restore balance in your body with a Ayurvedic Lifestyle consultation.
  7. Eastern Therapies Clinic - BondiEastern Therapies Clinic - Bondi

    Eastern Therapies Clinic - Bondi

    4/106 Ebley St, Bondi Junction 2022
    Eastern Therapies Clinic Bondi is a premier health oasis that specialises in merging ancient Chinese medicine with acupuncture to support overall wellbeing.
  8. Vibrant Ayurveda - West EndVibrant Ayurveda - West End

    Vibrant Ayurveda - West End

    43 Vulture St, West End 4101
    Rating:
    (2)
    Vibrant Ayurveda Wellness Centre offers massage treatments tailored to your needs. Opt for a Ayurvedic massage to relax and improve circulation.
  9. The Grand Massage - HawthornThe Grand Massage - Hawthorn

    The Grand Massage - Hawthorn

    618 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn 3122
    Rating:
    (3)
    The Grand Massage provides a range of therapeutic and relaxation massages. Services include Deep Tissue, Full Body Oil, Remedial, Traditional Thai massage.
  10. Zenicure Massage - ChadstoneZenicure Massage - Chadstone

    Zenicure Massage - Chadstone

    Shop F009A 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone 3148
    Rating:
    (17)
    Deep tissue, relaxation, Swedish, Acupressure, Shiatsu and hot stone massage, Zenicure Massage Chadstone are masters at them all.

Shiatsu

Shiatsu is one of the most popular alternative treatments and is used for maintaining good health as well as treating certain conditions. Along with herbalism and acupuncture, Shiatsu was an integral part of Chinese medicine for thousands of years.

In the 6th century, Shiatsu found its way to Japan via a Buddhist monk, and it was here that the therapy was fully developed. Like traditional Chinese medicine, it is based on the movement of energy through the body.

This energy - known as ki in Japanese and chi or qi in Chinese - travels through defined pathways known as meridians. When these pathways are blocked, and the energy can't flow, the body develops health problems.

Healing Therapy

In the early 20th century Tamai Tempaku incorporated the Western sciences of anatomy and physiology into Shiatsu, believing it would give it greater recognition as a healing therapy. It was officially recognised as such by the Japanese Government in 1964.

Whilst Shiatsu is a hands-on therapy it is different to traditional massage. The word itself means 'finger pressure' but practitioners also use their palms, thumbs, elbows and even their feet. This pressure will be combined with stretches, structural alignments, muscle release techniques and the gentle rotation of joints and limbs.

Like a massage, Shiatsu can also help relieve stress and nervous tension, increase the flow of blood and lymphatic fluid, boost hormone production and expel toxins.

Joint and Muscle Pain

Shiatsu can be used to treat or prevent a very wide range of conditions, including joint and muscle pain, headaches, sports injuries, arthritis, allergies, asthma, RSI, insomnia and much more. You could say it's a bit of a miracle cure.

As you might expect there are several different styles of Shiatsu, with even more still evolving. Some practitioners like to include more bodywork whilst others concentrate on acupressure. A popular style here in Australia is Zen Shiatsu.

This style of Shiatsu puts greater importance on balancing energy flow. In much the same way as Zen Buddhism, it is all about maintaining our connection with the qi. Regular Zen Shiatsu sessions can help us better manage stress, thus improving our overall health.

Emotional and Physical

Interestingly, a Shiatsu session can leave you invigorated or calm depending on your reason for being there. It can also provide relief on several different levels, including emotional, internal and musculoskeletal.

Shiatsu therapists are trained to recognise when something is out of sync. Even before physical conditions manifest themselves they will be able to diagnose an imbalance in your energy flow.

Sessions usually last for about an hour and can take place on a massage table, a futon on the floor or a chair. You remain fully clothed and should wear loose comfortable clothing.

Treatment always starts in the same way, with the practitioner analysing your current state. Treatment cannot proceed until your energy flow is assessed.

Shiatsu and Pregnancy

Much research has been done on this amazing therapy, the most recent being on the benefits of Shiatsu for cancer sufferers. It is generally agreed that regular Shiatsu sessions can help by improving overall well-being, reducing stress and depression and increasing appetite.

Shiatsu is also very beneficial during pregnancy. It can help with lower back pain, heartburn, constipation, bloating and sometimes even morning sickness. As it involves stretching and bodywork, many women have reported that it made childbirth itself easier.

Many women choose Shiatsu because it helps them feel more connected to their unborn child and develops confidence. In Japan, many midwives study Shiatsu so that they can better help the mothers through the birthing process.

With virtually no side effects, except perhaps some minor muscle soreness or a temporary headache, Shiatsu is safe, effective and suitable for everyone. No wonder so many people are using Bookwell to find Shiatsu practitioners in their locality.