Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning 'finger pressure'. This is a Japanese form of bodywork which originated as a form of intuitive massage, practised by the blind over 1000 years ago. It works with the same principles as Acupuncture, that Ki (Energy, Life Force, Chi, Prana) flows throughout the universe and also throughout the human being, in channels (Meridians). During times of stress, illness or other disharmony, the Ki flow is disrupted and Shiatsu works to rebalance this flow, gently guiding the Ki to flow harmoniously again and the person to experience wellbeing.
Today Shiatsu is a mixture of ancient and modern, Eastern and Western, science and intuition. It combines the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine together with the Western principles of anatomy and physiology.
The treatment is performed on a futon (Japanese mat) with the client fully clothed. The main interpretive tool of Shiatsu is the Hara (belly) which is considered to be the energetic centre of the body and contains vital information about the state of the Ki in each of the twelve organs. The Shiatsu practitioner applies pressure using fingers, palms, forearms, elbows, knees, feet and toes, as well as gentle stretches and rotations, encouraging the Ki to flow harmoniously.
As Shiatsu works energetically, it is able to address the underlying causes of presenting symptoms, working with both acute and chronic conditions. It can also be used as a form of preventative healthcare, maintaining a state of optimum health. It is often used to treat conditions which Western Medicine is unable to address adequately.
Shiatsu is about giver and receiver working together and about honouring and respecting the body's innate healing system. Lifestyle recommendations are made in the form of nutrition and stretches amongst others, so the client is empowered in the process also.
According to STAA (Shiatsu Therapy Association of Australia), conditions that may benefit from Shiatsu include (but are not limited to):
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Digestive problems
- Headaches and Migraines
- Menstrual issues
- Sports Injuries
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