About shiatsu

What is shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a holistic healing art developed in Japan and based on traditional 3500-year-old oriental medical wisdom while incorporating the principles of anatomy, physiology and pathology. The theory of traditional Chinese medicine proposes that energy, otherwise known as chi, qi (or ki in Japanese), moves through the body in well-defined channels or pathways known as meridians. Each meridian is connected to an internal organ and carries the energy of that organ’s functioning.


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:

  • allergies
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • back, neck and shoulder pain

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


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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.


  • stimulates circulation
  • strengthens the body
  • promotes relaxation
  • alleviates pain and discomfort
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