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Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork therapy that works with the body, mind and spirit to create balance and wellness.  This healing art evolved from the same ancient system that developed into acupuncture.  With the introduction of Chinese medicine into Japan in the early 6th century, the framework for shiatsu emerged and then transformed over time.  As shiatsu is rooted in Chinese Medicine theory, it is based on the philosophy that symptoms and illnesses are caused by blockages in vital life force energy or "qi".  Shiatsu literally translates as "finger pressure" and is often referred to as "acupuncture without the needles".  The therapist uses her thumbs, fingers, palms and elbows to apply pressure on specific points. This balances the energy flowing through the meridians (the energy channels), which in turn has very beneficial effects.

Shiatsu works directly with the nervous system to treat a variety of ailments, including: chronic pain, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, digestive issues and menstrual complaints. In addition to these, shiatsu is of benefit for people dealing with high stress levels, anxiety, trauma and ptsd. I have a special interest and focus in helping clients with these specific issues.

The general aim of shiatsu is to encourage the free and balanced flow of qi.  When energy is flowing, it nourishes, regulates and heals the body.  The gentle treatment of shiatsu supports and strengthens the body's ability to heal and balance itself.  It works together with the body rather than against symptoms and disease.  In this regard, shiatsu can have lasting positive effects that benefit one's entire being. 

 

YOUR SESSION


YOUR SESSION

YOUR SESSION


YOUR SESSION

  • Your shiatsu treatment takes place in a relaxing and soothing environment. It is performed on a massage table, while wearing loose, comfortable clothing 

  • In addition to the treatment, small lifestyle recommendations (based in Chinese Medicine theory) are often suggested

  • Treatment cost:

       75 min treatment for $85

 

Cash or check is accepted

 

ABOUT ME


ABOUT ME

ABOUT ME


ABOUT ME

My love and passion for shiatsu runs deep. I hold a Diploma of Shiatsu Therapy from the Shiatsu School of Canada in Toronto, where I studied over 2,000 hours of shiatsu. However, my training began long ago. 

Events in my early life threw me out of alignment with myself, and my journey has been to find my way back. 

Through years of travel and seeking a place to call home, I have without a doubt come to learn that my home is really where I am deeply rooted in my body. 

I have experienced many physical symptoms over the years and it wasn't until I approached these on a holistic level - through shiatsu- that I started to experience major shifts. Through years of discomfort and pain, I have experienced on a personal level how wellness really is of the mind, body and spirit.

I believe wholeheartedly that one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is the reconnection to the wisdom we hold within our bodies. I trust that everyone has the power to access this.  I feel profound healing can happen when we really slow down and listen. Through shiatsu treatments, your entire being has an opportunity to release physical and energetic blockages, realign and tap into this inner wisdom. As your nervous system relaxes at a deep level, you will also see a shift in how you experience your body, as well as your inner and outer worlds. 

My passion and commitment now is to share with others the experience of being in a body that feels safe and nurturing, and that opens the space for lasting change.

I also hold a Bachelors of Social Work degree and have been working with young people in some capacity for the past 15 years.

 

TESTIMONIALS


TESTIMONIALS

TESTIMONIALS


TESTIMONIALS

 

"I have been receiving shiatsu from Suzanne for over 5 months and it has had a greater impact at calming my nervous system more than anything else I have tried. I have been a mental health therapist for 24 years and I highly recommend Suzanne, especially for anyone dealing with anxiety and trauma. " - L.W. - therapist/clinical director (Asheville, NC) 

“Shiatsu with Suzanne is truly a healing experience and offers a real balm for the nervous system. I leave feeling like I have been returned to my rhythms and given a way to be my healthiest self on every level. This work is a touchstone for me every month.”

-Maria Epes (Asheville, NC)   

“Suzanne is a true healer. I began receiving shiatsu treatments from Suzanne for emotional healing roughly five months ago and have felt nothing but compassion and tranquility when in her presence. My mind and body are able to relax due to her nurturing aura and touch. Each shiatsu session with Suzanne is a physical, mental, and spiritual experience. She is very in-tune with my body’s responses during each session and always makes sure I feel comfortable, physically and emotionally. Suzanne is highly intuitive to feelings and establishes a therapeutic environment that feels safe, warm, and open. Be prepared to enter an environment where you are able to allow your body and mind to rest and respond to Suzanne’s healing energy!”

-E.H. (Asheville, NC)

"Suzanne is brilliant! When I had my first treatment with her at a Costa Rican retreat I was pleasantly surprised! Prepare for a whole mind, body and soul experience offered by someone with empathy and a deep understanding of emotional issues. Like a psychic she picked up on feelings and thoughts just by touching and talking to me and her massage has felt deeply therapeutic at an energetic and physical level. More treatments have followed and after all of them I felt lighter, stronger, calmer and healthier with a deep sense of peace and joy. As someone that had experienced and tried a lot of different therapies and methods of healing I can tell with confidence that her offerings are unique in many different ways and I truly miss them as I live in UK and Europe and can't have the privilege to be one of her regular clients. You definitely need to try!"

-M. Rigopoulou (London, England)

 

"After almost two decades of severe back and neck issues, insomnia, and depression, I decided to try shiatsu. I was admittedly a bit skeptical at first. Yet upon meeting Suzanne, I found her insightfulness and genuine desire to help so reassuring that I was able to just let go and experience my body's response to the treatment.

I was not expecting to feel years of stored up tension begin to release, but that's what started happening within 10 minutes into the session. I've practiced meditation for over 15 years which has allowed me to be more tuned into my body and overall state of being. Yet there were parts of my body that I was now becoming aware of that were so affected by stress for so long that I stopped noticing them. I started seeing improvements almost immediately.

Before seeing Suzanne, I could barely walk up a flight of stairs without feeling the sensation of burning metal in my neck and shoulders. Now the pain has been tolerable to completely absent on some days. I'm even able to manage short hikes in the mountains. My sleep is much more restful and undisturbed- better than it's been in years, and I'm overall more joyful and energetic.

Not only was Suzanne incredibly thorough, perceptive, and patient during the initial consultation and treatment, she seemed to have a deeply intuitive understanding of what was happening in my body. Suzanne's presence is both comforting and empowering. I'd love to work with her again."

- G. Sultan (Asheville, NC)

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LOCATION & CONTACT


LOCATION & CONTACT

LOCATION & CONTACT


LOCATION & CONTACT

HEALING ROOTS SHIATSU

SUZANNE PAZANDAK, SHIATSU THERAPIST,  LMBT #15304

47 ORANGE STREET, SUITE  C.

ASHEVILLE NC, 28801

828-808-5145

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