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Thai Bodywork and Shiatsu

Joe combines Thai Massage and Zen Shiatsu depending on what you and your body are requesting.

Thai Bodywork & Massage

Thai massage, sometimes called Thai yoga massage, is the traditional therapeutic Bodywork style of the Thai culture.  It combines acu-pressure, specific assisted stretches, guided breathing, and some principles of Ayurvedic medicine. Traditional Thai massage is done on a mat on the floor. The client wears loose and comfortable clothing during the session. The therapist uses their hands, knees and feet to deliver compression, stretching and rocking techniques. The intention of Thai massage is to manipulate the tissues and joints of the body, balance energy flow through the Sen lines, and remove energy blockages.  These are similar to the concept of energy meridians in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Zen Shiatsu.


Zen Shiatsu

I am a graduate of Zen Shiatsu Chicago, a Shiatsu massage school in Chicago.  Zen Shiatsu is a style of therapeutic body work that originated in Japan. It is based on the theory that energy flows through energy channels or meridians of the body. Shiatsu involves stimulating points called Tsubos along the energy highways with pressure from thumbs fingers or palms. Shiatsu means “finger pressure” in Japanese. In addition to the pressure Shiatsu uses kneading and tapping techniques. Shiatsu requires no lubricant since the hands do not glide over the skin, and can be done through light and comfortable clothing. As Shiatsu sessions may also include other body work techniques such as assisted stretches and joint mobilization.

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