Performance Shiatsu is deep, slow and compassionately uncomfortable. It’s designed to remove blockages and build-ups of stagnant energy in the fascia, muscles, joints, tendons and energy lines.

Steady pressure is applied to each person’s unique points of tension and congestion — no session is the same. These “tsubo” (pressure points) are held from approximately 20 seconds to 2 minutes, with a mother hand monitoring changes to the surrounding tissues. Broad compression is given with the palm of the hand, knees and feet.

You might feel sensation in remote areas of the body as stagnant energy is being discharged. For instance, a blockage in your shoulder might result in a sensation in your forearm as it’s being released. This is the “jaki” (stagnant energy) finding an efficient pathway out of the body. Once main blockages have been removed, the body’s natural flow takes over and continues to flush out smaller blockages.

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Performance Shiatsu priorities:

  1. Relieve pain

  2. Allow energy to circulate more deeply

  3. Unwind longstanding imbalances and tension


Session at a glance:

  • 1 hour

  • Performed on a massage table

  • No oil or lotion

  • Slow, deep and meditative

  • 75% point work

  • 25% broad compression (squeezing, palming, kneading)