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Where to Find Japanese Massage in NYC

Are you looking for the ultimate relaxing and re-energizing massage therapy? Do you need a break from your busy day? Treat yourself to a professional massage and pampering at West Garden Spa. Our signature Shiatsu massage therapy is designed to relieve stress and tension from your muscles and revitalize your spirit. Shiatsu massage is a more recent development in the grand scheme of massage technology and believed to have healing properties for anyone who receives it from an expert in the technique. At West Garden Spa, you’ll have the unique opportunity to receive Shiatsu techniques from our fully licensed and trained therapists. We’ll see to your every need and ensure you feel at ease in the privacy and comfort of our serene therapy rooms. Find out more by contacting us today to schedule your appointment.

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The Origins of Shiatsu

Shiatsu massage is connected with the origins of Chinese massage. Massage was long regarded in ancient Asia as a key to physical, spiritual, and emotional healing, and some of this belief has carried through to even the most recent massage practices today. Shiatsu means “finger pressure” in Japanese and was engineered during the first half of the 20th century to manipulate various pressure points on the body believed to be connected to illness or injury. By applying pressure to the appropriate areas on the body, patients can experience ultimate pain relief, cessation of muscle tension, increased blood flow, and many other health benefits. At West Garden Spa, we’ve built a reputation for reenergizing our clients’ health and wellness through massage therapy. No matter your physical condition, we’ll ensure you feel at ease and enjoy all that this signature therapy has to offer.

The Benefits of Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu massage has been used for nearly a century to help patients ease pain-related symptoms that stem from illness and injury. Modern Shiatsu massage is based on the idea of evening out your energy to balance your body. The theory behind the technique is that our bodies are made up of qi (pronounced “chi”), the energy that keeps us alive. When that qi becomes blocked, illness, suffering, and stresses occur, which is why it’s vitally important to remain in balance at all times or to correct imbalances when they occur. Whether you’re an athlete, a business professional, or anything in between, you’ll find our techniques will give you the relief you need and put some bounce back into your step.

According to Eastern medicine, massage that stabilizes qi can have the following physical benefits:

  • Reversal of fatigue and weakness, including chronic varieties
  • Improved circulation and blood flow
  • Relief of stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Headache relief
  • Alleviation of the symptoms of arthritis, including chronic pain
  • Relief from stiffness and sciatica
  • Acceleration of healing from sprains and other physical injuries
  • The cure for colds and flu
  • Help with insomnia and promotion of restful sleep
  • Aid for people struggling with digestive issues like IBS and colitis

At West Garden Spa in New York, we’re not a medical facility, so it’s likely you won’t need Shiatsu to heal any one issue in particular. Learn more about our signature Shiatsu massages and how we can best serve your health needs by connecting with us today.

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How Shiatsu Massage Compares to Other Massage Therapy

Shiatsu massage can best be viewed as an alternative healing treatment versus traditional massage techniques that simply focus on muscle relaxation. While deep tissue massage typically entails removing your clothes and utilizing oil on the skin, Shiatsu is performed without oils and the patient doesn’t need to disrobe. Your Shiatsu massage therapist will assess your physical symptoms and then perform treatment based on meridians (or energy lines) in your body. While western style massage (Swedish massage, reflexology, acupressure, etc.) and the Eastern practice of Shiatsu massage can both relieve tension in your muscles, Western massages tend to focus on all general areas of your anatomy while Shiatsu is much more localized. Your Shiatsu massage therapist will encourage you to lay down while she diagnoses your pain. After listening to you, your therapist will apply finger point pressure to specific areas of your body. Whether you suffer from frequent migraines, back pain, insomnia, fatigue, or a range of other physical maladies, you’ll find Shiatsu massage is an effective treatment therapy.

Contact our Asian massage parlor in Manhattan today to schedule your initial Shiatsu consultation and massage treatment.

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West Garden Spa

243 West 30th Street
New York, NY 10001


Hours of Operation
Monday-Saturday from 10:00 am to 12:00 am
Sunday: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
Same day appointments available.

We Accept Walk-Ins!

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