shiatsu therapy

Shiatsu therapy is a style of healing body work from Japan which is based on the principles and practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It uses the same principles as acupuncture, which is to stimulate the flow of “qi” or energy along the meridian pathways, in order to rebalance the body. It is often referred to as acupuncture without the needles.

The word “shiatsu” literally translates as “finger pressure”. During a shiatsu session the therapist uses her thumbs, palms and elbows to apply comfortable holding pressure to the soft tissues throughout the body. Gentle stretching and home care recommendations are also part of the session. The treatment can either be performed on a mat on the floor or on a massage table. The client wears loose comfortable clothing and no oils are used.

Shiatsu works to keep us in balance. With today’s hectic lifestyle, shiatsu calms an over stimulated nervous system – our “fight or flight” response to stress. It promotes healing and relaxation in the body, resulting in decreased muscle pain or joint stiffness, decreased overall body tension and improved circulation.

Shiatsu therapy is effective in the management of many acute and chronic conditions including:

  • Low back pain
  • Digestive problems
  • Menstrual problems and PMS
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Neck and shoulder tension
  • Constipation
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica


Whether you are seeking help in recovering from an injury or illness or if you want to prevent illness and maintain a high state of vitality, shiatsu therapist Joanne Norton can help you in achieving these goals.

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facial acupressure & massage

This unique, gentle form or acupressure and massage designed for the face, uses hands instead of needles with the outcome being similar to cosmetic acupuncture.

Toxins and tension will be released from the skin and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles will be diminished, leaving the skin looking radiant and feeling rejuvenated.

The treatment continues with a relaxing shiatsu hand and foot massage to rebalance the body from head to toe.

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