How do I Choose the Best Shiatsu Spa?

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Shiatsu massage can help to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with a variety of physical and mental conditions, including everything from stress to migraines to arthritis. There are countless day spas and massage centers that offer shiatsu treatment, but it is not always easy to find a reputable shiatsu spa. When choosing a shiatsu spa, it is important to look for a facility that fits your personal taste and budget. It is also a good idea to visit several shiatsu spas in person to observe the facilities and see the staff in action.

To narrow down your search for a shiatsu spa, it is helpful to determine what type of spa environment will fit your needs. Some shiatsu centers offer shiatsu massage only, while others fall into the category of a day spa, providing a variety of massage and beauty services. Shiatsu spas can be small, intimate centers or large, multi-million-dollar facilities with state-of-the-art treatment rooms. Whether you are looking for a complete spa experience or just a great shiatsu massage, knowing your personal style preference is a good place to start in your search for a shiatsu spa.


A shiatsu spa is only as good as its staff, which is why one of the most important steps in finding a good shiatsu center is to check the quality of the personnel. Find out what type of training the shiatsu therapists have completed prior to working for the spa. The best shiatsu massage therapists will have undergone years of advanced training in shiatsu bodywork. It is also a good idea to find out if the massage therapists on staff are considered shiatsu specialists.

Many shiatsu spas provide photos of their facility in advertisements or on their website, but viewing photos of a shiatsu spa is no substitute for visiting the spa in person. The best shiatsu spas are comfortable, hygienic and attractive. A brief tour of a shiatsu center and a peek into the waiting room, locker room, and treatment areas can tell you if the facility is clean and well maintained. A tour will also give you the opportunity to observe how the spa’s staff members treat clients.

Shiatsu treatments vary in price, so it is important to consider the cost of services when choosing a shiatsu spa. The best shiatsu spa is not necessarily the spa with the most expensive services. Make sure to find out what is included in the cost of shiatsu treatment. Keep in mind that some shiatsu spas may have higher prices because the treatment times are longer, meaning they aren't necessarily more expensive for what you're getting in return.


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