Shiatsu (Japanese Massage)

We are dedicated to providing a targeted range of healing and therapeutic options to enhance your health and well-being. Among our offerings, Shiatsu stands out as a unique and effective treatment method that has been embraced by individuals seeking natural, holistic healing. Below, we provide you with comprehensive information about Shiatsu and answer some frequently asked questions to help you better understand this therapy.


What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu, which originates from Japan, is a form of alternative therapy rooted in the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. The word “Shiatsu” literally translates to “finger pressure,” and that is a fundamental aspect of the treatment.

Practitioners use their fingers, thumbs, and palms to apply gentle yet firm pressure to specific points on the body. Shiatsu aims to balance the body’s vital energy, known as “Qi” or “Chi,” and promote natural healing processes. It is based on the idea that imbalances in the body’s energy flow can lead to various physical and emotional issues.


Benefits of Shiatsu

Shiatsu offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Stress Reduction: Shiatsu helps to alleviate stress and tension, promoting relaxation and mental clarity.
  • Pain Relief: Many individuals find relief from chronic pain conditions, such as headaches, back pain, and joint discomfort, through Shiatsu therapy.
  • Improved Circulation: Shiatsu can enhance blood circulation and stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms.
  • Enhanced Energy Flow: It balances the body’s energy flow, potentially improving overall health and vitality.
  • Emotional Balance: Shiatsu can aid in emotional well-being, supporting individuals to manage anxiety, depression, and mood swings.
  • Enhanced Immune System: By balancing the body’s energy, Shiatsu may support the immune system.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Is Shiatsu a massage? No, while Shiatsu incorporates some massage-like techniques, it is a distinct form of therapy that focuses on balancing the body’s energy, not just muscle manipulation.

2. Is Shiatsu safe for everyone? Shiatsu is generally considered safe for most people. However, it’s essential to consult with a qualified practitioner, especially if you have any medical conditions or concerns.

3. What should I expect during a Shiatsu session? You’ll typically lie down fully clothed on a comfortable mat or futon, and the practitioner will use gentle pressure and stretching techniques. Sessions usually last an hour.

4. How many sessions are needed for results? The number of sessions required can vary depending on your specific needs and goals. Some individuals experience relief after just one session, while others may need multiple sessions to achieve their desired outcome.

5. Are there any side effects of Shiatsu? Shiatsu is generally safe, and side effects are rare. However, some people may experience temporary soreness or mild discomfort following a session, which typically subsides quickly.

6. Is Shiatsu covered by insurance? Our practitioners are registered for health fund rebates but please check whether your fund will rebate you for Shiatsu.


Shiatsu is a holistic approach to healing that aligns perfectly with our mission at The Village Healing Centre to provide comprehensive and natural healthcare solutions. If you’re interested in experiencing the benefits of Shiatsu, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our skilled practitioners are here to guide you towards better health and well-being.


How can I find out more?

If you’d like to find out how we may help you to achieve your health goals, request your 15-minute Free Consultation and meet one of our practitioners to find out more.