Shiatsu therapy is a traditional Japanese therapy offering a path to better health and well-being.
The word Shiatsu means finger pressure. It is based on the theory of acupuncture.
Shiatsu therapy involves applying pressure with fingers, palms, elbows and feet along the pressure points, stimulating the body’s innate ability to heal itself. It is exceptionally effective in reducing stress.
Shiatsu which also utilizes acupressure, or pressure points along with other manual therapy techniques, evolved out of 3,500 years of oriental medical wisdom and is founded upon the same principles as acupuncture, although no needles are used. The traditional theory of acupuncture proposes that energy, known as “Chi” (or “Ki”) moves through the body along well defined passageways called meridians. Balance of these energy flows is considered to be essential for health and well-being and a Shiatsu treatment is typically designed with the balancing of these energy flows in mind. In keeping with the fact that Shiatsu is a living and evolving therapy it also incorporates the modern Western sciences of anatomy, physiology and pathology.
What is a meridian?
According to traditional Eastern theory, energy (Ki or Qi) circulates in the body along channels called ‘meridians.’ The unobstructed flow of energy through these meridians is essential to good health. When the body is under stress, energy or Ki blockages occur causing physical, emotional, mental discomfort or pain. The Shiatsu therapist identifies these blockages and designs a treatment to restore the flow of Ki and support the body back to its natural balance.
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
- supports the body back to its natural balance
Shiatsu massage is a total body therapy which effectively assists with a variety of conditions including: asthma and respiratory illnesses, depression, digestive disorders, constipation, irritable bowel, anxiety, pregnancy, menstrual issues, headaches, migraines, sports injuries, back, neck and shoulder pain, RSI, insomnia, fatigue, muscle tension and stress.
What does it involve? Medical history is discussed - some therapists will use the traditional diagnostic methods of tongue and hara. Each Shiatsu is designed specifically for an individual’s needs. The treatment usually takes place on a soft futon on the floor. The aim of Shiatsu is to promote the health and well being of the mind, body and spirit. Progress and changes are recorded at each subsequent visit and recommendations such as exercise and dietary advice may be made.
Can I use Shiatsu with other therapies? Shiatsu is often combined with counselling and other modalities to harmonise and strengthen the body.
What do I wear? Please wear comfortable clothing, preferably cotton.
More details about Shiatsu can be found at www.staa.org.au