Shiatsu has its roots in the ancient tradition of Chinese medicine, particularly developed in Japan over the last century, and it was introduced to the West in the 1970s.
Shiatsu understands the human being as a system of energy, in Japan called Ki. The whole basis of Shiatsu is learning how to touch this Ki, whether on a more physical, emotional, or spiritual level, to free up blockages or to nourish weak areas, so bringing about healing.
There are several energetic systems used in Shiatsu, especially the meridians or channels through which Ki flows through inner organs and over the surface of the body. By improving the Ki flow in this system, physical health and psychological balance is restored.
The richness and depth of Shiatsu theory not only allows for a more symptomatic relief of many health problems, but also to look for the source of a problem within a person and the way they are living their life. Through a combination of hands-on Shiatsu with simple emotional counselling and support, and the giving of dietary, exercise, and life-style recommendations, many clients achieve a deeper level of healing.
- It relaxes mind and body
- It restores and balances energy
- It eases tension and stiffness
- It helps posture
- It promotes motivation
- It is compatible with other medical treatments
Conditions helped by Shiatsu
- Back pain and sciatica
- Headaches and migraines
- Frozen shoulder and neck pain
- Rheumatism and arthritic pain
- Whiplash and neck stiffness
- Joint paint and reduced mobility
- Digestive problems
- Asthmatic symptoms
- Infertility and pregnancy
- Sports injuries
- Depression and panic attacks