What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a healing art originating in Japan that uses the power of touch and pressure to enable each of us to contact our own abilities for self-healing. In a Shiatsu session the practitioner uses pressure with his thumbs, fingers, palms, and sometimes elbows, knees, feet, to induce deep relaxation a feeling of well-being. It is sometimes a dynamic, sometimes a more static form of therapy, involving pressure on and stretching of the limbs and torso, kneading and releasing tight muscles, and supporting areas of weakness.
Shiatsu works upon the body’s energetic system using the network of meridians or energy pathways that relate to the functioning of the internal organs as well as our emotional,psychological, and spiritual harmony.Energy, known as Qi, causing blockags of dams in some areas, and weaknesses or stagnant pools in otheres. These blockages or weaknesses in turn may lead to physical symptoms, to psychological or emotional disturbances, or simply to a feeling that “thngs are just not quite right.”
Shiatsu uses physical pressure and meridian stretches to unblock to dams – which show up as tight muscles and areas of stiffness – and revitalize the empty areas – which may feel cold, weak, or just needing to be held. Oriental medical theory provides a framework by which the practitionaer can assess the body’s energetic state and needs, and can explain why the body holds tension in certain areas or points and feels weak in others.
Prevention and Treatment
Like othere natural healing and alternative therapies, Shiatsu is concerned with preventative measures. Shiatsu keeps the body healthy, flexible, and in balance, as well monitoring energetic changes that may be precursors of sickness. In the oriental view, an imbalance of Qi develops before the symptoms of illness occur. Regular Shiatsu treatment can help to pinpoint any patterns of imbalance in the body’s Qi stucture by ironing out those disturbances before they become entrenched. In the case of people already suffering from health problem, Shiatsu can be great benefit, both as a discipline in its own right and in concert with other complementary and orthodox treatments. The physical and psychological release obtained during Shiatsu can make life more comfortable and in some cases can make it bearable.
Shiatsu can help
Headaches, migraine, acute and chronic back pain(especially if of muscular origin), sciatica, muscular stiffness asand injuries, some forms of arthritis, and rheumatic complaints. Working as it does on the body’s internal organs, Shiatsu can also have a role in the treatment of digestive and intestinal disorders and circulatory, respiratory, and reproductive problems. Because Shiatsu works on relaxing the body at a deep level contacting the more subltle aspects of one’s energetic makeup, it can also help in the treatment of anxiety, tension, depression, and emotional instability.