Which of your 365,000 pressure points will it be?
As your body releases stuck energy trapped in pressure points (also known as trigger points, acupressure points and “tsubo”), new points will open to allow more refined levels of healing to take place. In other words, once the burning dull ache in your shoulder is gone, that mild tendonitis in your forearm or nagging stiffness in your ankle will show up as the next priority.
What’s a tsubo?
Tsubo is the Japanese word for pressure point. It also means gateway point, collection vessel or jar. Jars collect, filter and dispense energy. When they become full of muck, they cause a feeling of heaviness in the body and attract stagnation. When they’re fragile and empty, they cause a sense of uneasiness and depletion.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
An hour-long Performance Shiatsu session focuses on the 36 tsubo most useful to you on this particular day. Often these points will be concentrated in areas of high tension, but there will also be tsubo in areas you don’t expect. Depending on the location and condition of the tsubo, firm to gentle pressure is applied with the elbow, thumbs or fingers. Each point is held for somewhere between 20 seconds and two minutes, with compression and joint mobilization making up the remainder of the session.
No pain no gain? Kinda sorta.
Performance Shiatsu brings lost parts of yourself back to your awareness. As you know from when your hands went numb on that ski trip, they ached when you warmed them back up. Would you rather they were still numb? Probably not...but at the same time, everyone has their own tolerance level for discomfort. I monitor appropriate pressure through your breathing pattern, changes to the surrounding tissue, and verbal communication.
How long before I feel results?
You’ll feel physically lighter after just one session. Deep and lasting transformation takes place with regular sessions. Unwinding takes place from acute and superficial (f*ck my shoulder hurts!!) to chronic and deep (why don’t I have as much energy as I did when I was 10 years old?).
No need to get naked.
Performance Shiatsu is done fully clothed on a massage table. Comfortable athletic wear is best.
What clients say
Performance Shiatsu is good preparation for childbirth. Lol. But seriously, you need to train your body to accept the discomfort and relax.
— Lemoore (Los Angeles)
My back feels so great! Thank you so much, I really needed that.
— Kenny (North Hollywood)
You took me to the dungeon and back. But I emerged, fresh as a bunny.
— Tatiana (Woodland Hills)