What is Shiatsu?

What to expect when you visit a therapist

History (in brief)

What is Shiatsu?

This document provides general information of what to expect when you visit a therapist, and a general theory behind how their discipline works. It must be noted, however, that every therapist works in an individual way, and may subscribe to slightly different theories on how their discipline works. It is always advised that you ask to see relevant qualifications and discuss the treatment offered to you by the practitioner if you are in any doubt whatsoever.

Shiatsu is a form of body treatment using a variety of different kinds of pressure and stretches to stimulate the flow of "life energy" around the body.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the principle that there is a life energy that circulates round the body and flows along channels or meridians.

Shiatsu is a pressure technique applied to various parts of the body to stimulate the flow of "life energy" or "qi". This energy can be influenced by applying pressure at various points on the body. The energy can either flow too much or too little or could be completely blocked.

By feeling an area in the lower abdomen the practitioner can asses the condition of the internal organs and the meridians they correspond with and then tailor the treatment to suit the client.

The therapist is constantly "reading" the body throughout the treatment in order to ascertain which area of the body have too much energy or which areas are blocked.

Main uses

Stress and fatigue, headaches and migraine, asthma, circulatory problems, promotes health, insomnia, arthritis, musculo-skeletal problems and digestive disorders.

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