Shiatsu literally means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese, and is a type of massage therapy derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine. A Shiatsu practitioner applies palm and thumb pressure along the energy pathways on the recipient’s body to encourage the flow of Life Force or Qi. There are twelve main energy pathways (known as meridians) in the human body. Each meridian is connected to an internal organ and transports the vital energy of that organ to the rest of the body. Smooth flow of energy is essential for a balanced body, mind & spirit; should this flow be interrupted, physical, mental and emotional imbalances may occur.
Shiatsu can increase self-awareness and self-development; it balances the underlying needs of a condition and therefore addresses both physical and emotional issues. Shiatsu strengthens the body’s immunity, increases the body’s energy level, blood circulation and promotes the natural self-healing process.
Shiatsu is also known as ‘acupuncture without needles’ or acupressure. Anyone can receive Shiatsu, regardless of their age.
Before your session begins, the practitioner will ask you about your symptom history and may also take your pulse to ascertain which meridian channels are over or underactive. This means that each and every session is tailored to your needs and current condition.
Shiatsu is performed fully clothed. For your comfort it is advised that you wear something that is loose fitting. A standard Shiatsu session usually lasts for about an hour, however longer sessions are available.
Shiatsu is performed on a futon. During your session the practitioner will apply thumb pressure to your body, including face, head, hands, arms, legs and feet.
Gentle limb mobilisation/rotation and Meridian stretches (similar to yoga stretches) may be carried out, depending on the nature of your condition. Exercise and dietary recommendations are often given at the conclusion of the treatment.