Shiatsu is a physical therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It works on the whole person – not just with the physical body, but also with the psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of being.
Shiatsu originated in Japan from traditional Chinese medicine, with influences from more recent Western therapies. Although shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese, in practice a practitioner uses touch, comfortable pressure and manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure and balance its energy flow. It is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatments can alleviate stress and illness and maintain health and well-being.
Why have Shiatsu?
You don’t need to be ill to benefit from shiatsu. Cross- European research by the European Shiatsu Federation into the experience of shiatsu users found that 39-59% of people who had shiatsu do so to maintain their health. Shiatsu users give the following reasons for having a treatment;
– Problems with muscles and joints
– Relaxation and relief of tension or stress
– Low energy or fatigue
– Problems with digestion, breathing or blood pressure
– Menstrual pain
– Emotional support
– Self development
Quotes from clients:
“ Shiatsu keeps my joints flexible and supple. I always feel energised after a session”
“A wonderfully relaxing and therapeutic treatment”
What happens during a Shiatsu session?
A lifestyle and medical history will be taken before making an energetic evaluation, taking into account your reasons for coming and any symptoms you may have. The treatment is given on a soft, futon mattress on the floor and through loose comfortable clothing. A typical shiatsu session lasts approximately 60 minutes. The shiatsu practitioner applies sustained finger, thumb and palm pressure to release and restore ’ki’ (energy), through the body. Gentle stretches and rotations may also be used to release and promote the free flow of energy, blood and lymph. Shiatsu treatments are deeply relaxing and promote your body’s self-healing processes.
Could Shiatsu help you change your lifestyle?
Shiatsu can help you adopt a relaxed, healthier and more balanced approach to life. During a shiatsu session advice on diet, exercise, breathing and meditation techniques may be given. Between 77-80% of shiatsu users said they made changes to their lifestyle as a result of having shiatsu treatments.
A Short Video about Shiatsu:-