The aim of Shiatsu is to restore balance to the body and make it stronger, assisting the body to heal itself. Shiatsu works on the flow of ‘life force energy’ or ‘qi’. Oriental medical practitioners believe that our energy flows throughout our bodies via energetic pathways which are known as meridians or energy channels. If the qi becomes blocked in any of these channels, illness, pain, imbalance, or disease (dis-ease) can result. It has been shown that shiatsu is effective in calming the sympathetic nervous system and improving the function of the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, lymph nodes, endocrine glands, and internal organs. In addition, it has been shown that shiatsu assists the body in eliminating toxins and metabolic waste, thereby acting as a preventative health measure, as well as assisting chronic and acute health conditions.
How is shiatsu different than a regular massage?
Shiatsu therapy uses specific, rhythmic techniques of pressing, holding, kneading, stretching, and tapping along meridians and acupuncture points to regulate body functioning and create balance. The amount of pressure is applied according to your specific condition – as determined by the intake, and your tolerance, ranging anywhere from light touch to deep tissue. No oils are used and loose clothing is worn during the session. Your practitioner may also take your pulse or use other diagnostic techniques to customize the massage for your maximum benefit.