Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork. The word shiatsu means “finger pressure”, and shiatsu is sometimes described as a finger pressure massage.
How does shiatsu work?
Like acupuncture, shiatsu is based on the holistic system of traditional Chinese medicine, where illness is thought to result from imbalances in the natural flow of energy, or qi (pronounced “chee”) through the body.
Shiatsu therapists use finger and palm pressure to energetic pathways, called meridians to improve the flow of qi.
A scientific explanation is that shiatsu calms an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which improves circulation, relieves stiff muscles, and alleviates stresss.
What does shiatsu feel like?
The shiatsu therapist applies pressure using his or her fingers, thumbs, and/or palms in a continuous rhythmic sequence.
The pressure feels more localized, because unlike other types of massage, the finger pads are used to apply pressure for most of the treatment instead of the entire palm.
Certain pressure points may feel tender, which some people describe it as “good pain.”
If you feel any discomfort or pain during the treatment, tell your therapist and he or she will adjust the pressure so that it is comfortable to you.
Most people say shiatsu is as relaxing as a classic forms of massage therapy.
What should I expect during my visit?
The treatment is done on a low massage table or on the floor.
Unlike other forms of massage, with shiatsu no massage oil is applied, so you remain fully clothed during the treatment. You may be asked to bring comfortable clothing to wear.
YogaDance with Johnnie Lou Getz. Johnnie’s span of alternative healthcare practices and certifications include Yoga, Kripalu YogaDance Instructor ®, Shiatsu practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher and Master Teacher of Integrated Energy Therap. She studied numerous yoga disciplines including Baron Baptiste Yoga in the Yucatan at the Yoga Teachers Training Bootcamp.Her studies in Shiatsu took place in NYC at the Ohashi Institute with advanced studies at the Zen Buddhist Monastery in the Catskill mountains in New York.Her teaching experience and practice includes yoga and/or Kripalu YogaDance® at the Hindu Temple and Mount Alvernia Retreat Center in Wappingers Falls, NY, the Proactive Gym in Washingtonville, NY, the Wellness Springs Holistic Day Spa and Yoga Center in Highland Mills, NY. , and the Kripalu Yoga Center in Lenox, Mass.Adept at identifying an individuals healing needs, clients have found relief with sessions that include self help assignments that speed the healing process.
Other professional experiences include art curator, marketing, personnel and program management. Most importantly in alternative care, clients are provided with a professional, safe and healthy environment. Clients receive one or all modalities during a class and/or session, depending on the individuals requirements.
Community service includes leading Yoga and Reiki sessions at the Hindu Temple of Wappingers Falls, NY, developed Yoga by the Hudson River in Newburgh, NY,providing Reiki and Yoga sessions to Dutchess Community and Vassar college students/staff and at the Dyson Cancer Center at Vassar Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY. In addition, Johnnie contributes time, services and products to the Breast Cancer fund raiser “Step in to Spring” at Pier 9 in Newburgh, NY. (Johnnie Lou Glisson) lived in Orlando, Fla., through high school and after traveling through the United States for four years as a photographer she moved to the Hudson Valley in New York. Johnnie completed her BS in Computer Science and held a career in the Corporate world for over 20 years while persuing her alternative health care passion. Johnnie currently resides in Newburgh, New York. .
Johnnie’s goal is to integrate all healing energies with Yoga/Yogadance to bring harmony to the body and mind. Practicing Johnnie’s method of healing is a means of integrating our movement and meditation with the internal factors of the breath, senses, heart and mind to achieve optimal health and well-being in body, mind and spirit…
For more information on yogadance send an email to Johnnie.Getz1@Verizon.net and let the healing begin with regular sessions of yogadance.