What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese massage that is based on the meridian system developed by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The translation of “shi” is finger, and “atsu” is pressure – in other words, finger pressure massage. It is often referred to as “acupuncture without the needles”. The shiatsu therapist uses palm, finger, and thumb pressure along meridian pathways (the channels connecting acupoints) to stimulate a healthy flow of qi, or life force energy, to the body/mind system.
It is beneficial for alleviating muscle tension, joint pain, and acute injury, as well as digestive disturbances, insomnia, menstrual dysfunction, and common emotional disturbances such as anxiety and depression. Shiatsu enhances other forms of complementary medicine, such as acupuncture and naturopathy. It assists with your regimen of herbs, vitamins, minerals and other supplements by promoting the assimilation and circulation of the nutrients, and helps to build your immunity.
A treatment is practiced fully clothed and on a futon mat on the floor. Your whole body will receive treatment, even if you have a localized complaint. After a shiatsu treatment, you will feel very calm, relaxed and clear-headed, and notice a greater sense of ease and balance in your body/mind.