What is Shiatsu
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese physical therapy that is based on similar
principles to acupuncture, that uses finger pressure and other techniques to improve health.
Shiatsu is based on the oriental medicine concept of Chi (vital energy. It is called Ki in Japan).
The belief is that Ki flows throughout the body in the meridian channels.
Located along the meridian channels are acupuncture points that can be used to treat specific conditions.
Shiatsu is used to connect with Ki and harmonise its flow and stimulate/ help the body’s capacity to heal itself.
Shiatsu is a touch therapy. Various techniques are used to connect and affect the flow of Ki such as traction, palming, finger pressure, tapping, spinal rocking, joint mobilisation, fascia holding
The client stays fully clothed and no oil will be used. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing such as a T shirt, tracksuit bottoms and clean socks.
Shiatsu technique may move the patient’s limbs into open positions
Avoids distracted senses through direct contact of skin
Helps to create a better connection with Ki
A body cushion can also be used to increase comfort. Alternatively, a chair or couch can be used if working on the floor is not suitable for the patient.