Pain relief through deep acupressure therapy

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Restore the body’s natural flow

When debris clogs a mountain stream, the congestion affects not only the local area but all areas downstream from the congestion. As your body releases stuck energy trapped in pressure points, the blood, lymph and connective tissue begin to flow freely again. This increases detoxification and allows for nutrients, oxygen and anti-inflammatory compounds to reach every corner of your body.


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 weakness and depletion.

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How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. 

Performance Shiatsu focuses on each client’s unique areas of tension and congestion. Slow, deep, compassionate pressure is applied using the elbow, thumbs and fingers. Each point is held for somewhere between 20 seconds and two minutes, with broad stroke compressions 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. The therapist monitors appropriate pressure through your breathing pattern, changes to the surrounding tissue, and verbal communication. 

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How long before I feel results?

You’ll feel physically lighter after just one session. 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?). Weekly treatments are useful when treating areas of long-term pain and congestion.

No need to get naked.

Performance Shiatsu is done fully clothed on a massage table. Comfortable athletic wear is best.

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