What to Expect in a Treatment


What is a Typical CranioSacral Massage Therapy or Shiatsu Session Like?

A typical massage therapy session is 60 minutes but can between 30 and 120 minutes.

Your first session will begin with a brief consultation and review of symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. An assessment may be performed to help focus the treatment plan.

You will be asked to disrobe to your comfort level while the massage therapist is out of the room, and lie down under a sheet on a padded massage table. Please note that most techniques can be done through clothing if preferred.

The massage therapist will knock on the door to make sure you are ready. The massage therapist re-enters the room and will then adjust pillows to ensure that you are comfortable and properly positioned. Tell the massage therapist if you are too warm or cold.

If lotion is used, the massage therapist uses a light oil or lotion on the skin and begins the massage.

A full body massage usually begins on the back and then moves down to the legs. You will then be asked to turn over so you are face up. The massage continues on your arms, legs, neck, and abdomen.

You are underneath the sheet at all times, and in North America, only the part of the body being treated at any one time is uncovered.

After the massage, the massage therapist leaves the room so you can get changed.

Take your time getting up. If you sit or stand too quickly you may feel lightheaded or dizzy.

Traditionally Shiatsu is done thru clothing. At the beginning of the session a brief assessment is done around the area of the abdomen. Pressure or holding techniques are then used to help correct and balance the various meridians.

How Does Massage Therapy Work?

Massage therapy improves circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues.

It relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility, and helps clear lactic acid and other waste, which reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints.

Will Massage Therapy or Shiatsu Hurt?

Massage therapy or Shiatsu shouldn’t hurt.

Occasionally there is mild aching when the massage therapist applies pressure over “knots” and other areas of muscle tension. If the pressure is too strong for you, let the massage therapist know.

How Will I Feel After a Massage?

Most people feel calm and relaxed after a treatment.  Occasionally, people experience mild temporary aching for a day.


Massage therapy is not recommended for certain people:

  • People with infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
  • Immediately after surgery
  • Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor

People prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage

Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.

Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.