"Wow. I'm not one to write reviews but I think I would be doing many a disservice if I didn't share what I just experienced with Josie. 1st impression: Josie was very prompt to get in touch with me after my initial request on thumbtack which to me, goes a long way with showing professionalism. We were able to set up our 1st meeting quickly with her online booking calendar. Massage: It has been over three years since my last massage. I was due. I have extreme tightness in my middle back, shoulders, and hamstrings from working out and playing golf (while rarely warming up). After telling her what I thought I needed, Josie went ahead and got after my "problem areas" and then found some other areas I didn't even think needed work! Its obvious shes been doing this a long time, as she has a knack for knowing where I needed work without me even knowing myself. It impresses me when someone can be so in tune with what they do, it looks effortless. Conclusion: I am very happy with my decision to get some bodywork done. A massage, like a tire alignment or oil change to a car, is important self-maintenance. I will not be going three more years without a massage anymore after the service Josie provided. As a matter of fact I already have one scheduled at the beginning of June. Thank you Josie!"
For thousands of years, Eastern healers have used pressure-point massage to balance the body. Shiatsu is the Japanese version. The idea is that chi, or life energy, flows through the body in 14 meridians. When the meridians are blocked, physical or emotional problems result. During a shiatsu massage, you lie on a floor mat while the therapist gently rocks and stretches your body and applies finger and thumb pressure to points. The purpose can be to stimulate or to subdue energy, making shiatsu invigorating as well as relaxing. Shiatsu treats your whole being rather than a single aspect of your body. Spas recommend it for stubborn knots, sports injuries, and back pain, and say the pressure can help trigger the release of chemicals, like cortisone, that help the body heal itself. Shiatsu means “finger pressure” in Japanese, but that doesn’t begin to cover it. Shiatsu therapists use their thumbs as well as elbows, knees, and feet to apply strategic pressure to muscles and connective tissues. Practitioners of Zen or Five Elements shiatsu therapy use the pressure-point massage for another reason. Namely, to balance the body’s chi, a practice that comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine. In both cases, you typically wear loose-fitting clothing, and it’s done on a floor mat. Expect intense pressure and a fair bit of movement as the therapist stretches your muscles and alleviates knots and pain. While it’s languid enough to ultimately relax your muscles, it’s not likely something you’ll sleep through. Some therapists will spend a lot of time on your hara (stomach), which is considered the root of imbalance in Five Elements shiatsu. Read more about Shiatsu Massage in Spafinder's post, What is Shiatsu Massage? To help you find the massage that fits your specific needs, read Spafinder's guide to Which Massage is Right For You?, or select one of the links on this page for a different massage type.