What is shiatsu?
The pressure used in shiatsu may be firm or light, using not only thumbs but feet, elbows, knees and palms. This may be combined with stretches and techniques to improve joint mobility to give an all-over body treatment with a holistic focus.
Oriental medicine maintains that health is dependent on all parts of the body and the person’s lifestyle being in balance.
The emphasis of shiatsu is to reinforce or re-establish the body’s ability to function harmoniously and stimulate the immune system to protect against disease. The aim is not only to alleviate the immediate condition, but to determine and treat the underlying cause. Oriental diagnostic skills are used to determine a suitable treatment protocol.
How can shiatsu help you?
Shiatsu integrates meridian therapy, point selection, moxibustion, cupping and corrective exercises as part of the healing process. Treatment is carried out fully clothed, usually with the patient lying or sitting on a futon mat on the ground.
You might want to consider shiatsu if you have any of these health concerns:
- Headaches or migraines
- Anxiety and depression
- Require sleep, stress or mood modifications
- Neck and back pain and stiffness
- Digestive disorders
- Circulatory disorders
- Menstrual problems