shiatsu therapy, shiatsu massage cupping, moxabustrion



1. Is there a difference between Massage Therapy and Shiatsu?

Yes there is. There is a significant difference between Massage Therapy and Shiatsu. Shiatsu is born from the Eastern Medical Traditions, which focus primarily on the ‘Prevention’ of poor health and disease. It also follows very closely in theory to its better known cousin, ‘Acupuncture’, both use the same Organ/Meridian/Point system. While Massage Therapy is a Western Tradition that focuses primarily on ‘Recovery’, just as all Western Medical Traditions do; although both are great for relaxation and stress relief (as well as recovery). Secondly, although Shiatsu and Massage Therapy are both forms of ‘bodywork’, Shiatsu is not technically a massage. This is due to the differences in the kind of touch that the patron receives during a session. In Shiatsu we adhere to what are called the ‘Three Principles’. These govern the application of pressure to the body that the therapist provides, they are called Vertical, Holding (or Sustained) and Supporting pressures. In Massage Therapy the kind of pressure applied to the body is a rolling or kneading of the flesh, very different than Shiatsu. Third, with Massage Therapy there is always a removal of clothing and usually the use of oils or creams with the treatment. In Shiatsu there is no removal of clothing and no use of oils or creams. These are just some of the main differences between Shiatsu and Massage Therapy.

2. Are my treatments covered by my insurance?

Yes they are. Every insurance plan and insurance company is different. But what most people don’t know is, that you have the choice to receive the therapy(ies) that you feel work best for you, and help you to achieve the results that you want. That’s called ‘Health Freedom’. As long as you are seeing a fully accredited therapist (one with a certificate, diploma or degree and/or a member of an association), and you submit a doctor’s note or a prescription for the therapy that you wish to receive to your insurance provider, your coverage should be reasonably assured. What insurance company wants the bother of rejecting a doctor’s prescribed treatment or recommendation?

3. What can you provide me with to give my insurance company?

You can be issued an ‘insurance letter’ with your name, the type of treatment that you receive(d), the therapists name, qualifications and association name and number. This is usually requested at the end of a set of sessions. Please allow for two weeks to process this request.

4. Do you do direct billing?

No, payment is due at the beginning of your session time. You will be provided with a receipt for you to submit to your insurance company, or for tax reasons.

5. What should I wear to a Shiatsu session?

You should wear something that is comfortable and something that you can move freely in, not unlike what one might wear to a yoga class, or simply a t-shirt and jogging pants. The main clothing items to avoid wearing are jeans, slacks or cords, bulky sweaters or hoodies, skirts and dresses. Shorts are ok, but must be an acceptable length.

6. Will Shiatsu work for me?

Yes it will. Shiatsu works for everybody, and works for anything that may go wrong in the Human body. With that said however, sometimes you might not get the results that you’d expected. What Shiatsu therapists call a ‘Menken’ occurs after every treatment, and while there is a certain degree of expectation with Menken; there is also a degree of surprise. These ‘surprises’ are harmless, but can be discomforting experiences such as headaches, nausea or dizziness, or the resurfacing of pain in old injuries. These shouldn’t last very long, and will resolve in a matter of minutes, to hours, to a day or so at most. Should they last any longer, then you should call your therapist.

7. Can Shiatsu be harmful or dangerous?

Yes it can. There are certain precautions that must be taken before a Shiatsu session may begin. Your therapist will want to do a thorough ‘Client History’ and assessment. In doing this he/she can determine whether you may have any contraindicated conditions for treatment. This is another reason why it’s a good idea to see a fully trained and accredited therapist.    

8. How often should I come for a session?

There are two answers to that question. One is that you should come as often as you feel you’d like to, listen to your body. The other answer is that if there is something specific that you are intent on having resolved, then a stricter schedule will be needed to maintain the momentum and sustain the effects of each treatment successively. 

9. How many sessions will I need?

There is a general formula for determining this, but it is a guideline only, not a rule. For every month that your condition has been present, you should receive one treatment. If you have no conditions to speak of, then how many sessions you need will be up to you.


Site Map