Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on Japanese healing therapy. Shiatsu literally means “finger-pressure” and describes part of the therapy whereby natural body weight (finger, thumbs, elbows, forearms, feet and knees) is used to apply pressure to special points on the body. It’s based on Chinese Medicine principles and observes the 5 Elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) and uses pressure, holding, rubbing, heating or stretching techniques which can be deep and firm, but which are applied with sensitivity.
The aim of a Shiatsu Practitioner is to rebalance the flow of energy (Qi), along the meridians or channels. The surface touch uses points on the surface (known as “Tsubo”) to access those meridians. The practitioner feels for excessive or deficient energy (Qi) within the meridians as they control the movement in the body (such as blood, gas, air, water).
A shiatsu session includes first a conversation (to clarify the reason of coming and medical history), then the treatment, a short rest period and a final talk.
During a shiatsu session the client lies on a futon on the floor while wearing loose comfortable clothing. Depending on the situation, it is also advisable to work on a massage table or while sitting.
In practice thumbs, hands, elbows and knees are used to apply mindful pressure along the pathways (meridians) all over the body. Followed by stretching and rotating movements of the limbs and joints, as well head and foot massages, to relieve tension and stimulate Qi to its own natural balance. Shiatsu creates a deep feeling of relaxation, strengthening your own natural ability to heal and calm the nervous system. It allows you to reconnect with your own body & energy.
THE BENEFITS of SHIATSU
Shiatsu is suitable for people of all ages and is a wonderful way to accompany you in your various phases of life. Shiatsu is excellent for general health maintenance or as a preventative therapy and may assist with:
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