Shiatsu is aholistic healing art developed in Japan and based on traditional 3500-year-oldoriental medical wisdom while incorporating the principles of anatomy,physiology and pathology.
Shiatsu is adynamic body therapy in which the therapist interacts with the receiver torestore balance in the energy system. Imbalance, that is, too little or toomuch chi, can manifest in various ailments, depending on which meridians areaffected.
Like most naturaltherapies, shiatsu is based on the assumption that the body is a self-healingorganism, and that the role of the practitioner is to aid and support thatnaturally occurring process. Shiatsu can assist an individual with theirself-development and self-healing; balancing the underlying causes of acondition and addressing physical and psychological functions; promoting healthand strengthening the body’s own healing abilities.
Treatment may alsoinclude the use of flowing stretches and gentle rotations of the limbs andjoints, simple structural alignments and muscle release techniques. On aphysical level this has the effect of stimulating circulation and the flow oflymphatic fluid. It also works on the autonomic nervous system; helps torelease toxins and deep-seated tension from the muscles, and can also stimulatethe hormonal system. On a subtler level shiatsu allows the receiver to deeplyrelax, stimulating the body’s inherent ability for self healing andregeneration
The personreceiving shiatsu remains clothed, or is covered by a sheet and treatmentusually takes place on a futon on the floor.