What is shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a therapeutic form of acupressure, muscle meridian stretching and corrective exercises derived from Japan. Shiatsu involves applying pressure to the body using a practitioner’s thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet. It is founded on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine theory that energy moves through channels within the body, known as meridians. Shiatsu practitioners aim to restore the balance of energy through meridians in order to promote health and strengthen the body’s healing abilities.
What conditions can be helped?
Shiatsu is excellent for general health maintenance and as a preventative therapy.
Conditions that can respond well to shiatsu treatment include:
What happens during a treatment?
A shiatsu session is about one hour of hands-on work, plus time before and after for diagnosis and discussion. The treatment can take place on a futon, on a massage-like table or on a chair, depending on the needs of the client. Food should not be consumed close to treatment time. In cold winter weather wear appropriate outdoor clothes to keep warm after the session.
Styles of shiatsu
Although shiatsu has evolved out of centuries of bodywork, Japan is essentially the birthplace of shiatsu as it is known today. Many early Japanese shiatsu practitioners developed their own style and some, such as Tokujiro Namikoshi and Shizuto Masunaga, founded schools in Japan that helped establish shiatsu as a therapy in its own right. Today, there are many different styles of shiatsu practiced and therapists all around the world are constantly evolving new approaches
What are the benefits of shiatsu?
Shiatsu is used to maintain and restore health. It is also an effective preventative therapy. People of all ages, including children, can benefit from treatments.