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Shiatsu & Other Forms of Bodywork

Originating from Japan, with roots in ancient Chinese healing, shiatsu therapy is a holistic form of bodywork. Shiatsu literally means "finger-pressure". The practitioners work through clothing, providing pressure and stretching for the client to reduce tension, improve circulation and treat a variety of conditions.  Practitioners can use a massage table, mat or chair for treatments.

Shiatsu therapists use palms, fingers and elbow, even knees and feet, to treat the body with comfortable pressure, communicating with the client to ensure that their needs are met during the treatment.

Shiatsu is effective in treating common workplace complaints such as carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain and sciatica, neck and shoulder tension, repetitive strain injuries and other muscular complaints. Shiatsu is also effective in reducing stress and stress related conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive complaints; anxiety and depression; headaches and migraines; menstrual irregularities; insomnia; and fatigue.

Shiatsu Helps Reduce Stress & Promote Relaxation 

Our autonomic nervous system is the part of our nervous system that influences our internal organs. It contains two branches. The first is the sympathetic nervous system, which turns on our “fight-or-flight” response. It revs up during stress, helping us meet deadlines and face daily stressors. If we spend too much time on this side of the scale, without taking time to relax health problems such as chronic headaches, jaw pain, muscular tension in the neck, shoulders and back, digestive issues, anxiety and depression, exacerbation of asthma and cardiovascular issues can occur.  

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the parasympathetic nervous system stimulates our “rest, relax and digest” response helping us to recover from stress. Unlike our sympathetic responses the parasympathetic nervous system is not an automatic response. We must teach our bodies, minds and nervous systems how to relax.

Shiatsu can lessen the detrimental effects of chronic stress by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system through long holding pressure. This helps our bodies to deeply relax and recover from every day stresses of life and work. The healing effects of shiatsu does not just occur during treatment, but the benefits continue inthe hours and days that follow. With each time the patient comes back for treatment, the effects will be cumulative. The patient typically drops into a state of relaxation more quickly with each treatment.  

Reflexology & Thai Massage

Lynn will also combine her knowledge of reflexology and Thai massage into treatments when necessary.

Several parts of the body, such as the ears, hands, feet and feet are microsystem that represent the body in its entirety. Reflexology mainly works via the soles of the feet to treat the entire body and rebalance the internal organs. It has been known to give patients a tremendous sense of relaxation.

Thai massage is very similar to shiatsu therapy in that the patient wears loose comfortable clothing which the practitioner applies pressure and stretches to rebalance the body. Techniques are slightly different and influences not only come from Chinese medical theory but also from Ayurvedic medicine as well as yogic theory.

Lynn’s shiatsu treatments have helped both my anxiety and lower back pain. My very first treatment with her, I loved the confidence that she exuded and I felt comfortable with her right away. Her method of shiatsu is very thorough and effective. I feel great during and after and always looked forward to going back. I highly recommend Lynn to everyone.

- RJ, artist

When I first started working Lynn, my list of issues was a mile long. Digestive issues, irregular hormones, chronic back and shoulder pain, thyroid issues... the list goes on. I started out with a stomach to sensitive to touch, but after working with Lynn I feel like a totally different person. Not only were the treatments enormously helpful, but based on her suggestions I've altered my diet and exercise routine in ways that have further improved my symptoms. As I worked with my regular physician to treat my hypothyroidism, she helped treat new symptoms I was experiencing as my body adjusted to the medication. She's wonderful at drawing connections between my everyday behavior and how my body is reacting to it. She asks questions about things I had never payed attention to, so be prepared to start keeping better track of your body. The more information you can provide, the better the treatment will be. Lynn has been nothing but fantastic, and I would recommend her to anyone.
- LJ, computer programmer 


Lynn Teo LAc, MSc, MAOM

Three Rivers Wellness

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