Shiatsu originated in Japan from traditional Chinese medicine and is practiced in this country with additional Western influences. It is a physical complementary therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. Shiatsu is holistic in that it works on the whole person, not just the physical body, but also on psychological, emotional and spiritual levels.
Practitioners use touch, pressure and manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure and balance its ‘Ki’ or energy flow. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatments can alleviate stress and illness and maintain health and well-being. But, you don’t have to be ill to receive this treatment, many people have Shiatsu purely for relaxation and enjoyment.
What should I expect?
Diagnosis plays a key role in Shiatsu, but it is approached from the oriental medicine perspectives of Ki, elements, meridians, etc., rather than Western physiology and pathology. The practitioner’s diagnosis will be holistic rather than analytical, taking into account what the client says, observation of behaviour patterns, physical appearance and palpation, or touch.
The treatment takes place on a futon at floor level with the client remaining clothed (loose flexible clothing is best). This enables the practitioner to work with natural leaning pressure and gravity to create a sense of "grounding" and relaxation. Using the diagnosis together with physical and visual feedback during the session, the treatment will seek to clear imbalances in the body’s energy system. The practitioner applies pressure to the body and its meridians with thumbs, palms, elbows and knees. Gentle stretching and rotations are also used to help loosen any stiff areas, resulting in a soothing, nurturing treatment.
The aim is to assist the body's natural healing process by encouraging the client's energy to move into a more balanced state
Conditions that can be relieved
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Joint & muscular pain
Irritable bowel syndrome
Fibromyalgia pain syndrome