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Shiatsu, sometimes referred to as “acupuncture without needles,” literally translates as “finger pressure.” A form of Japanese therapeutic bodywork, Shiatsu is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. During a session, a combination of pressure, kneading and stretching is applied along specific points and energetic channels in the body known as meridians.

Fatigue, pain or illness can result when these energetic channels become blocked or uneven. Shiatsu helps the body to return to a state of health and balance by restoring and harmonizing its natural energy.

A comprehensive intake is taken during your first visit in order to tailor the treatment to your specific needs. Dietary and exercise suggestions may be given following your session.

This full body treatment is applied through clothing. Please wear or bring a pair of loose, comfortable pants and a t-shirt.

During a shiatsu session you may recieve:


Abdominal massage to regulate healthy organ functions.


A reverse pressure suction technique to release stagnation and free energy.


An herb burned over the skin at specific points to fortify energy.

Therapeutic Massage

Starting Spirit offers the following personalized sessions:

Swedish massage:

This whole body treatment incorporates long, broad strokes that increase blood and lymph circulation and calm the nervous system. The main goals of a Swedish massage are gentle relaxation and stress reduction.

Deep tissue, trigger point, and rehabilitative massage:

This anatomically specific work provides a concentrated focus on a specific part of the body and is generally applied with less lubricant to stretch the tissue rather than just knead it. Performed more slowly and with deeper pressure than Swedish, these techniques release fascial and muscle restrictions. This form of massage is often requested to treat injuries, and can increase mobility and provide relief from patterns of chronic pain. Stretching and strengthening exercises may be recommended following your session.