What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese finger pressure bodywork therapy that is based on classic Chinese medicine and healing. Rather like acupuncture, the therapy works by releasing blocked or stagnant life force energy, known as qi (pronounced chee) so that natural flow can be restored and balance in health is achieved. Shiatsu translates as ‘finger pressure’ and is a physical treatment that encourages the body to begin the self-healing process. The massage and manipulation techniques are designed to gently adjust and realign the physical structure of the body and improve the natural flow of energy.
How it works:
The therapist works by placing the fingers, thumbs or palm of the hands on specific parts of the body and applying pressure in a continuous rhythmic sequence. The points are called meridians and these areas are energetic pathways that allow energy to flow throughout the entire body. They are located in the heart, kidney, spleen, gall bladder, lung, liver, large and small intestines, stomach and bladder. Although some points may feel slightly painful or tender when touched, the applied pressure gently releases pain and creates a feeling of deep relaxation and calm.
Regular Shiatsu treatments can help to reduce stress, anxiety, fatigue and depression, improve circulation and the quality of sleep, ease headaches and migraines, restore energy and promote self-healing of minor injuries. Shiatsu can also help in the treatment of digestive disorders, morning sickness, menstrual problems and bowel conditions. Because the massage stimulates the skin’s capillaries the appearance and health of the skin are also improved.