Ali Aird - Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a therapy of flow. What does that mean? In yoga we’re told to “flow through our vinyasa,” moving with the rhythm of our breath. In our bodies, our blood is in a constant state of flow, pumped by the rhythmic beat of our heart. In daily life, we flow through a cycle of rising, expressing, returning and resting, moved by the rhythm of the sun. In all of nature we see an underlying pulse of expansion and contraction, inhale and exhale, rise and fall. Flow is nothing more than this rhythmic movement and it’s this pulse that gives life all its vibrancy.

Shiatsu, a holistic Japanese manual therapy, supports the body’s natural flow patterns, eliciting its inherent capacity for self-regulation and healthy functioning. It accomplishes this by using a technique of rhythmic pressure along the functional channels of the body in addition to passive stretching and joint mobilization. Working with the musculoskeletal, fluid, and nervous systems of the body, shiatsu can help to alleviate physical aches, pains and stiffness, as well as improve the quality of bodily functions like sleep, digestion, menstruation, respiration, and emotional regulation.

What to expect

After gathering information and establishing your personal treatment goals, your 30- or 60-minute shiatsu session will consist of full-bodied hands-on therapy, fully clothed in long, comfortable attire (think yoga apparel). Traditionally performed as floorwork on a futon, the technique has been effectively modified for practice on the modern massage table.

Ali is an accredited shiatsu therapist under the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia. While attending Northwestern University, she completed her training in Evanston at Zen Shiatsu Chicago, studying under masters and direct lineage-holders of Shizuto Masunaga’s Zen Shiatsu theory and practice.