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The word “Shiatsu” means “finger-pressure” in Japanese. Sharing its roots with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shiatsu is a powerful oriental healing art, based on stimulating the flow of ki/chi (life energy) through the simplicity of touch. It is sometimes known as “acupuncture without needles”.
Shiatsu is considered an excellent tonic to maintain good health and may help many stress related problems.
Shiatsu’s comforting and unconditional support is also considered beneficial for dealing with emotional challenges or difficult life transitions.
Shiatsu embraces various techniques including acupressure, massage, stretches and rotations to smooth the flow of Ki and move the body/mind/spirit towards a more harmonious state.
A Shiatsu treatment typically lasts around 50 minutes during which the client wears loose-fitting garments and lays on a futon on the floor. Some aspects of the treatment may cause a little short-lived discomfort or highlight tender areas, often where energy is blocked, but an overall sense of wholeness usually follows. After treatment, clients often feel both relaxed and energised, with a sensation of having woken from restful sleep.
In contrast to a symptoms-based approach, Shiatsu emphasises a reconnection and deepening awareness of the dynamic flux of all the energetic qualities of the universe (Tao) to promote good health and vitality.
Although there are many styles of Shiatsu, the clear guiding principles of Zen Shiatsu, founded by Shituzo Masunaga inform most Shiatsu practice in the UK. His approach incorporates Hara diagnosis (abdominal palpation), Jitsu/Kyo theory, Makko Ho exercises, extra-meridian association and pathways and some aspects of western psychology.
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