What is the difference between deep tissue and shiatsu/acupressure?

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Deep tissue is a technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue (hence the name). People frequently mistake the term “deep tissue” to mean, simply, the use of great strength/force, so they request a “strong” therapist. Deep tissue work is not so much about strength as it is technique. It involves a slow, purposeful “sinking in” to the muscle and surrounding connective tissue, along with specific intent focused on the area(s) of concern. Deep tissue work is not: forceful; painful; a test of strength. The purpose of this technique is simply to access and affect the levels of soft tissue that lie beneath the first layer, in order to restore function. Shiatsu, on the other hand, is an Eastern form of body work, which focuses on encouraging the smooth flow of energy, or qi (pronounced chee), that runs through the body via pathways, referred to as meridians or channels. Along these channels, there access “points” that are manipulated with the practitioner’s ... more
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