Tao Shiatsu – your Top Questions Answered

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As our lives seem to get busier and busier, more and more people are turning toward massage therapy as a way to help find the right balance between mental and physical wellness. One treatment gaining in popularity is Tao Shiatsu


1. What is Tao Shiatsu?

Tao Shiatsu is a form of Japanese Massage Therapy that uses touch to restore balance in the body and promote good health and well being. It has been widely practiced around the world since the 1970s. “Shiatsu” is a Japanese word meaning “finger pressure”.  It is a “hands-on” therapy that involves applying pressure to special points or areas on the body mainly with the thumbs and fingers, but also with the  palms, fists, elbows and knees.


2. How can Tao Shiatsu help?

During a treatment, steady continuous pressure is applied to key points in the body, sometimes referred to as acupressure points – important for the flow of the body’s vital energy called “ki”. Stuck or stagnated energy (“jaki”), is released through the combinations of deep rhythmic movement, assisted stretches and the treatment of specific release points, helping the body to regain its’ natural equilibrium.


3. What are the benefits of Tao Shiatsu?

Overall, Tao Shiatsu can help to maintain and promote good health and optimize general well-being. Conditions often improved by Tao Shiatsu include:

  • Physical and psychological stress, 
  • Balancing energy levels
  • Calming the mind
  • Promoting relaxation
  • Muscle tension, pain and stiffness
  • Tension related headaches, anxiety and insomnia
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Digestion imbalances


4. What does Tao Shiatsu Treatment involve?

Treatment usually takes place lying or sitting on a light cotton mattress on the floor. It is recommended to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, as it does not require any undressing. A session takes approximately an hour, although the first appointment maytake a little longer to discuss questions or concerns about any specific conditions you may have.


5. How will I feel after a treatment?

Most people report a feeling of being deeply calm, but energized. Relief from pain and symptoms may be immediate, however the full effect can also occur in the days following the session, or over the course of a few treatments.

Often even after only one treatment, the favorable Menken response might manifest. This occurs when therapy results in expelling the toxins within the body. It allows emotions and ailments that had until then been suppressed to surface and manifest as symptoms such as fatigue, drowsiness, diarrhea, or other symptoms.


If you’re ready to start taking steps to reducing your stress and improving your overall health, why not book a Tao Shiatsu with Elena today. For further information please call 514.684.9073 or visit our Massage Therapy Services page.


 Meet Elena…one of Cappino’s skilled Registered Massage Therapists

ELENA M, RMT – With a scientific background, Elena has long been captivated by eastern holistic medicine.  She went on to study Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupressure, Tao Shiatsu, Kinetic Swedish Massage, Craniosacral therapy, Reiki, Energy Medicine, and Naturopathy. In her treatments Elena uses a holistic approach and synthesis of different therapeutic techniques that is unique to every individual. Book an appointment with Elena.

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