Shiatsu (pronounced she-at-soo) is a traditional hands-on powerful Japanese therapeutic healing treatment that works on a very subtle and deep level. It is a uniquely nurturing and deeply relaxing oil-free form of massage.
Shiatsu literally means finger pressure and as such describes part of the therapy whereby the practitioners natural body weight from fingers, thumbs, palms, elbows, forearms, feet and knees is used in applying firm pressure to special acupressure points and meridian lines on the body. By the simple application of pressure, Shiatsu changes the movement of blood and energy through the body to strengthen the immune system and trigger self-healing. This is combined with stretches, joint mobilisation and muscle releases to give an all-over treatment, which aims at treating the client on a holistic level.
The practitioners aim is to rebalance the flow of life energy or Qi, which circulates around the body through meridians or channels. These channels connect to and influence our major organs. Good health is reliant upon a harmonious flow of Qi through the meridians and internal organs. If the circulation and flow of Qi or energy within the body becomes blocked, this can lead to areas of pain and discomfort, which can also affect the function of bodily systems and various illnesses and dis-ease can manifest.
The surface touch uses points on the surface known as Tsubo to access those meridians. The practitioner feels for excessive (Jitsu) or deficient (Kyo) energy or Qi within the meridians as they control the movement in the body of blood, and bodily fluids.
Shiatsu incorporates pressure, holding, rubbing, heating or stretching techniques which can be deep and firm, but which are applied with sensitivity. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular Shiatsu sessions help to prevent the build-up of stress and anxiety.
What are the benefits of Shiatsu?
Shiatsu massage is a whole body therapy that is used to restore and maintain health, wellbeing and the body’s natural balance. It is non-invasive and may help to relieve physical pain, emotional and mental stress. Shiatsu has both preventative and remedial effects.
Shiatsu can assist with acute to the more chronic and from the more physical to the more emotional. Clients may come presenting with more structural aches such as neck, shoulder and back pain, menstrual issues, skin disorders, digestive imbalances, migraines or with the more psychological such as depression, relationship difficulties, anxiety or emotional stress.
A shiatsu treatment works to support your body and may be stimulating and invigorating or calming and sedative depending on the goal for the treatment. It is normal to feel refreshed, energised and relaxed after a session.
What can Shiatsu assist with?
A Shiatsu treatment session may assist with:
- Back, neck and shoulder pain (inc. whiplash)
- Blood circulation
- Body aches, pain and stiffness
- Chronic fatigue
- Clarity of mind
- Cramps and spasms
- Depression and emotional issues
- Digestive issues/constipation
- Increased energy and vitality
- Joint pain, arthritis and reduced mobility
- Menstrual issues
- Muscle fatigue and muscle tone
- Nervous system function
- Pregnancy and postnatal support
- Skin stimulation and detoxification
- Sleeping issues
- Speeding up metabolism
- Sporting injuries
- Stress relief
Shiatsu is beneficial, suitable and safe for new born babies, children, women (including pregnant women and breastfeeding mum’s) and men of all ages.