Shiatsu is a traditional bodywork practice that originated in Japan based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. It relaxes and rejuvenates, relieves pain, and supports your body’s innate healing abilities. Shiatsu regulates the nervous system, and stimulates circulatory, lymphatic, and hormonal systems.

Currents of energy circulate throughout the body and flow to all vital organs. Ancient peoples mapped the lines of energy flow called meridians, and centers of energy called chakras. Shiatsu is based on the principles of acupuncture and uses hands instead of needles.

Physical, mental, and emotional stresses can cause blockages and imbalances in the natural energy flow, which in turn can interfere with health. The Shiatsu practitioner systematically applies pressure to points along the meridian lines, thereby releasing blockages and making adjustments in the energy flow, along with stimulating the recipient’s natural self healing mechanism.

Pressure is systematically applied to points along the meridian lines, thereby releasing blockages and making adjustments in the energy flow, along with stimulating the recipient’s natural self healing mechanism.

A variety of techniques and degrees of pressure can be used. I’ve worked on elderly hospitalized patients with a very light touch; have done deep, vigorous pressure and stretching techniques on others; and a lot in between.

Shiatsu produces a heightened sense of well being in body, mind and spirit and leaves you peaceful, relaxed, and free of aches and pains.

Some conditions shiatsu is effective for

  • stress related problems
  • fatigue
  • poor circulation
  • arthritis
  • sciatica
  • acute and chronic neck and back pain
  • pain, headaches, stiffness, and tension
  • emotional imbalances
  • sleep problems
  • coughs, colds, sinus, respiratory, and immune problems
  • digestive issues
  • menstrual and menopausal problems
  • out-of-balance feeling

Sessions are 55 minutes. Shiatsu is done over clothing without the use of oil which interferes with circulation of energy throughout the body. Please wear comfortable clothing, preferably natural fibers,  and avoid eating for at least 1 to 1 1/2 hours before your session. To schedule use the contact form.




“I have been a shiatsu client of Deborah’s for over twenty years. Deborah is a skilled shiatsu therapist, the perfect balance of professional and caring. I recommend her services to anyone seeking relief from health conditions like muscle pain, migraines, or digestive issues.” Lisa C. Pittsburgh

“I’ve had insomnia and lower back pain as long as I can remember. I’ve tried many methods from chiropractic, acupuncture, typical types of massage, even medication; nothing helped. Your shiatsu treatments have resolved both–I am pain-free and sleeping through the night.” Nick W. Ohio

“Today, the day after my shiatsu treatment with you, I feel lively, excited about life, happy, confident, and am more efficient in my work. I walk with a bounce in my step and fast and lively. I feel like I’m 18. My head and mind are very clear.  Many thanks for whatever you added to my treatment yesterday.  It’s a wonderful life!  My attitude and outlook are much more positive.”  Molly .F.  Pittsburgh

“You work magic with what you do. After one session back pain is gone and has not returned. In past sessions you resolved my wrist pain, healed frequent sinus infections and made my immune system stronger.  Even when I broke my foot the swelling and pain were gone with your shiatsu treatments, and I believe you helped speed up the healing. Even my doctor was amazed. I don’t know how you do it but I feel so centered, grounded, light, and at peace after my sessions with you.”  Joanne S., Pittsburgh