Shiatsu, which literally translates as ‘finger pressure,’ is a form of Japanese therapeutic bodywork that is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. There are many different schools of shiatsu and the techniques vary, but often the session will be done with the receiver fully clothed on a special mat on the floor.
During a shiatsu session, the practitioner applies pressure on specific points or along energetic channels known as meridians. Shiatsu techniques range from light pressure to deep muscular work and may include stretching, soothing and kneading.
Shiatsu works with our vital energy or Ki (chi). Fatigue, pain or illness results when the flow of Ki becomes blocked, uneven or deficient. A Shiatsu session aims to allow the body to return to a state of health by restoring and harmonizing the circulation of Ki.
Besides being effective in prevention of illness, Shiatsu can be used to help alleviate many discomforts such as headaches, insomnia, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, neck and back issues, fibromyalgia, anxiety, stress and many more. Stress is a major component in our declining health and it affects us on many levels. The pace of life is very fast in today’s society and most of us cram too many obligations into our day. Shiatsu is ideal for taking a moment out of our busy lives to slow down, let go and reboot before we jump back in the race.