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Shiatsu began in Japan some 100 years ago, although its origin may lie in traditional Chinese medicine. The treatment involves using the fingers, thumb and palms to massage and stretch the body. The shiatsu treatment traditional hands on Japanese healing and literally means  ‘finger pressure’ (“shi” meaning finger and “atsu” meaning pressure). The technique uses rolling, brushing, vibrating, grasping motions to concentrate on your energy, however it is not suggested for people with a history of blood clots, varicose veins, or bruises, cuts, burns, or external swelling of any kind. While most people experience an immediate sense of relaxation after Shiatsu treatments, some suffer from headache or flu like symptoms anywhere from a few hours to a day after the treatment due to the release of excessive toxins in your bloodstream.

There are number of different style of shiatsu, some concentrating on acupressure points and some addressing the body. Shiatsu can help in a wide range of  conditions ranging from specific injuries to general symptoms of poor health. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular sessions help to prevent the build up of stress in our daily lives. It is a holistic therapy, which should not only loosen up your muscles and joints but, if undergone regularly, improve circulation, direct oxygen to your organs and skin, and boost your immune system.

Holistic COMO Shambhala Retreat (Shambhala meaning center of piece and harmony in Sanskrit) at Parrot Cay, Providencials, Turks and Caicos Islands, is an award winning sanctuary where mind, body and spirit are nurtured. It is located in low – lying pavilions overlooking the North Caicos Channel and the island’s wetlands rich with birds. The Spa offers Balinese, Thai, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Acupuncture and Ayurvedic treatments.

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