Shiatsu for pets

What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu – shi equals finger, atsu equals pressure – is traditionally a Japanese form of energetic bodywork based on the same principles as acupuncture. Finger pressure or hands (not needles) are used to place pressure along various acupuncture points (meridians – energy pathways) to treat many conditions based on unblocking meridian pathways and restoring balance.
It is founded on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine theory that energy moves through channels within the body, known as meridians. Shiatsu practitioners aim to restore the balance of energy through meridians to promote health and strengthen the body’s healing abilities.
Shiatsu is a very relaxing and non-invasive therapy that often even the most anxious dogs love. As with all modalities, most chronic conditions cannot be solved in a single treatment. However, with regular sessions, most can be well-managed and support overall pet health.

How does it work?

Shiatsu works with the body’s energy flow, known as Ki or Qi (pronounced chee). It uses acupressure to release tension and bring balance to the body. It can help to lift the mood of your pet and make them feel relaxed.
Shiatsu is a non-invasive therapy that may help reduce stress and contribute to overall pet wellbeing. Proponents believe that it has both preventative and remedial effects. Shiatsu involves applying pressure to the body using a practitioner’s thumbs, palms, and elbows.

Shiatsu may help pets with:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Joint pain
  • Lower-back pain
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Neck pain

How will my pet respond?

Your pet might have some mild side effects such as muscle stiffness after treatment. They may also feel sleepy. These symptoms usually pass within a few hours.
Every animal is unique; your pet will be assessed for the most suitable treatment and referred to the appropriate practitioner.

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