Shiatsu

What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a traditional natural healing therapy developed in Japan, where it has been used for centuries to promote health and alleviate sickness. Its roots lie in Traditional Oriental Medicine, originating in China some 5,000 years ago with the development of acupuncture.

Literally translated, Shiatsu, often referred to as acupressure, means finger pressure. The practitioner applies pressure with his/her palms and thumbs to certain areas of the body or specific acupressure/acupuncture points (tsubos) to bring health and harmony to the body. Please also see article on shiatsu page as above. 

 

How Shiatsu Works

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In its present form, Shiatsu has been developed in Japan and the West over the last 100 years. It works on the circulation of energy (Qi or Ki) which flows throughout the body along pathways, called meridians or channels, that connect with the vital organs. The functions of the meridians affect not only the physical body, but also the emotional and mental being.

When imbalance or stagnation occur in the flow of energy, signs and symptoms of illness or dis-ease may arise. The practitioner applies pressure using hand, thumbs, elbows or feet to work along the meridians, thereby bringing energy to areas most in need and dispersing it from where it is congested, stimulating the body's natural healing power to restore balance and health.

 

How shiatsu can help you

The practice of Shiatsu is ideally suited to today's pace of life giving warmth and healing through non-intrusive touch. It helps to relieve stress and tension, improving vitality and health and strengthening body, mind and spirit.

Shiatsu in the hands of the professional practitioner is a powerful tool for the receiver's personal transformation and can be used for the basis and support of deep life change.