Thai/Shiatsu bodywork is a unique style of bodywork that utilizes a graceful and creative blend of acupressure, light stretching and compression via the thumbs, hands, knees and elbows. Thai/Shiatsu bodywork provides the satisfaction of touch along with a profound energy-balancing experience. It is based on thousands of years of Eastern philosophy and methods of healing.
The goal of Thai/Shiatsu bodywork is to restore a healthy and balanced flow of energy though the body by treating the meridian pathways that channel Chi (Ki), our life essence. Any blockage or stagnation of energy within the meridians can result in physical, psychological and emotional disease. Thai/Shiatsu bodywork helps balance energy on all levels, while also offering a relaxing and clinically therapeutic musculoskeletal treatment by releasing tension and restriction within the soft tissues, trigger points and muscles.
Traditionally practiced on a floor mat, Thai/Shiatsu bodywork allows the practitioner to use the leverage of their body weight and proper body mechanics to meet the receiver in a relaxed, balanced and fluid way. This approach helps the receiver feel safe, comfortable and trusting of the work, and supports the release of deeply patterns of tension within the body.
Ryan has studied at both Ohashiatsu Chicago (now Zen Shiatsu) and The Chicago School of Thai Massage (now Blue Lotus Thai Healing Studies), and began practicing in 2011. Now adapted to the treatment table, Ryan integrates Thai/Shiatsu bodywork with other therapies to more fully meet the needs of each client.