What Does Shiatsu Feel Like?
The shiatsu therapist applies pressure using his or her fingers, thumbs, and/or palms in a continuous rhythmic sequence. Do you like broad pressure or the poky stuff? Shiatsu would fall into the category of trigger point therapy which every therapist is trained in. This is a technique and you would just book a regular massage and when you talk to your therapist before your session please express what you’re looking for.
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 or forearms.
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.