Frequent Asked Questions



What’s the difference between Shiatsu and Massage therapy?

Most massage that people know is Swedish, which is done with oils on the bare skin. People must wear clothes for shiatsu and there are no oils used. It is a therapy whereby pressure is applied and sustained to an area of the body with either your thumb or palm, in addition there are some stretches included.

What’s the difference between Shiatsu and Reiki?

Reiki is straight up energy work. Slight touch to no touch occurs with this work. Shiatsu will follow the meridian pattern of the body similar to acupressure and will be either deep pressure to no pressure.  With the help of tools like diodes the energy of the body will find balance.

What’s the difference between Shiatsu and Acupressure?

The simplest way to describe the difference is knowing the origin of the style of healing. Acupressure comes from China. Shiatsu comes from Japan. Two unique countries. For more knowledge on the different styles of shiatsu,  Please see the history page.

Is shiatsu covered by employee health benefits?

Check with your insurance company. It really depends on what your company provides in your insurance plan.

Is Shiatsu painful?

Shiatsu Therapy is not suppose to be a painful experience. You do not need to hurt to feel the effect of healing occurring. You may experience “good pain” (a sense of relief upon pressure). However, pain is the body’s signal that an imbalance exists. Melissa will locate these areas and/or points, and apply pressure within the client’s comfort zone. Gradually, the pain subsides or changes character. Tension is released, the flow of energy is restored and the healing process begins.

Are there any side effects?

You should feel relief from your chief complaints. You may even feel light on your feet or more grounded. It is very rare to experience any soreness, even the day after a treatment. Some people are very tired after a treatment and need to rest while others are energized. Sometimes people need to go to the bathroom more frequently for the next 24 hours. The reaction varies from person to person and from treatment to treatment. However, none of the after effects are negative or long lasting.