WHAT IS SHIATSU?
Shiatsu is a natural healing therapy that originated in Japan. Based on traditional Eastern medical theory, it follows the same principles as acupuncture, although no needles are used.
Literally translated, shiatsu means “finger pressure.” Systematic pressure, applied with the hands, works to regulate the autonomic nervous system. This improves organ function, stimulates circulation and reduces muscle tension.
Touch is one of the earliest forms of healing. Shiatsu continues in this tradition, promoting balance within the body-mind, and with the external environment. It gently helps to re-establish the natural flow of energy, and awakens the body’s potential for healing itself.
Shiatsu is fully incorporated into the modern public health care system of Japan, and has been regulated by the Japanese Ministry of Health since 1964.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM SHIATSU TREATMENTS?
The shiatsu therapist will record your medical history during your first session, as well as progress and changes on subsequent visits.
Treatment can be done in the traditional style on a floor mat, or on a massage table. No oils are used, and you are asked to wear loose and comfortable clothing.
The therapist will identify areas of the body that need attention, then apply comfortable, sustained pressure depending upon your condition and your degree of comfort. A variety of stretches may also be used during the treatment to release body tension and to improve your range of motion.
By treating the whole body, shiatsu aims to bring areas of stagnation back into harmony. This deep, relaxing form of therapy typically results in restful sleep, feelings of lightness and well-being, and increased freedom of movement.
Occasionally, people may experience short-term tiredness, headaches or muscular aches (as happens after exercising). This is a normal part of healing process, and symptoms will pass quickly.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE TREATMENTS?
The frequency and duration of your treatments will depend upon your individual condition, and how your body responds.
Shiatsu is an important part of a rehabilitative or preventative health care program.
For those with a specific condition, treatments are typically weekly or bi-weekly, and last 60 to 90 minutes.
Monthly treatments are a good way of maintaining optimal health.