Shiatsu is a Japanese "hands on" healing art based on traditional oriental healing principles and modern anatomy and physiology theory. Literally translated as "finger pressure", Shiatsu consists of simple manipulations and pressure applied to acupuncture meridians and points. Hence, it has been called "acupuncture without needles".
Shiatsu aims to regulate the energy known as "ki" or "chi", which flows through these meridians, nourishing the organs, muscles, glands, nerves and blood.
An imbalance in this energy network can lead to fatigue, pain and illness. It works with the whole person, rather than focusing simply on conditions. People of all ages, from infants to the elderly, ill or healthy, can potentially benefit from treatments.
Many people use it for stress management or as a preventative health care programme as it is useful in enhancing health and vitality.
People come to shiatsu for all kinds of reasons, ailments ranging from:
They may come with more physical problems such as bad necks, backs or poor posture, mobility issues, as well as conditions like menstrual difficulties, skin disorders, digestive problems and migraines or with more psychological issues such as depression or stress.
Shiatsu can also be helpful to balance your body during times of major change, like adolescence, infertility, pregnancy, menopause and also adjusting to life changes and later life.
It is important to note that Shiatsu is seen as an addition to orthodox medicine. Shiatsu works to support your body, and can work alongside other approaches, whether they are more physically based or emotionally based.
Shiatsu is calming and relaxing in nature, yet dynamic in effect; the body begins to re-adjust itself and healing takes place. The receiver is supported to become more aware of their body/mind as an integrated whole, on either a conscious or subconscious level. They become aware of areas of tension or weakness on either a physical or emotional level and through this process healing occurs.