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How should I prepare for my treatment?

  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that will allow us access to your body.

  • Be sure to eat a snack or small meal an hour or two before your appointment.

  • If possible, avoid strenuous activity or exercise after your treatment. 

  • Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine before and after.

  • Do drink plenty of water after your treatment.

What does the treatment consist of?

Together we will review your medical history, health concerns, and current medications, including a discussion of your main concern and any related areas that may help get a clear picture of your current and past health history.  A Hara diagnosis uses palpation of the abdomen to determine any patterns of disharmony that may exist in the body. 

During the treatment, you will remain fully clothed.  No lotion or oil is used except occasionally on the neck or abdomen.  Most techniques are applied with the thumb, fingers, or palms of the hands pressing into the body on specific locations for therapeutic effect.  Just like other bodywork, shiatsu also works at varied levels in the tissues, so clients are encouraged to provide feedback on pressure.  The whole body will be addressed during treatment.

What about after?

As with most modalities, the effects vary among individuals and are based on your sensitivity as well as the treatment strategy itself.  Muscular pain and tension should be decreased, and similar to other forms of bodywork, you may continue to feel the work unravel tensions up to 24-48 hours after the session.  It is always good to drink extra water or take an Epsom salt bath after your treatment if you enjoy baths.  Your practitioner will make a professional recommendation for a treatment plan, potentially including self-care, as follow-up work may be needed, and regular treatments are encouraged every 4-6 weeks to maintain your body's innate wellness. 

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