What is Shiatsu?

Although Shiatsu comes from Japan, it has its origins in Chinese Medicine and is based on similiar principles as acupuncture. The Meridians and Points are the same, but instead of using needles the practitioner uses touch.

This makes it an effective alternative for people who are interested in acupuncture but have a needle phobia.
Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing form of therapeutic body work which uses different types and qualities of touch according to your needs.
These include varying levels of acupressure using palms, thumbs (shi-atsu literally means finger pressure), forearms and sometimes knees.

Rotations of joints and stretching of limbs may also used to help you relax, relieve stress, tension and pain. Clients often report that after a shiatsu, they feel an improvement in their general health and well being.

It can calm the nervous system, enhance blood circulation and redistributes your energy making you feel calmer and more balanced.

During a treatment, you may feel the ‘switch’ when your nervous system changes from fight and flight to deep relaxation. Clients often feedback that its as if their immune system has started working effectively again and is better equipped to deal with life’s stresses and strains. External pathogenic factors such as colds and hay-fever occur far less frequently.

Shiatsu has shown to have measurable effects for people suffering anxiety and panic attacks.

People often come suffering from musculoskeletal problems such as back, neck and shoulder pain, but because of it’s effectiveness on stress and anxiety related health problems, people leave feeling that  any separated parts have been reintegrated again, bringing the mind back into harmony with the body, helping one feel grounded, centered and more at peace.

Skilled palpation and touch was considered traditionally as one of the pillars of Chinese Medicine. It is today being used more frequently in acupuncture not only as a form of diagnosis but also treatment. The healing power of touch is again being recognised as a highly valued and effective practice in both Eastern and Western Medicine and very appropriate to meeting the needs of modern society.

Shiatsu can be gentle or dynamic depending on your needs and your energy levels. For example, if you suffer from Chronic Fatigue, have recently had surgery or strong treatments such as chemotherapy, the level of pressure maybe much less than someone who is relatively fit and is suffering from shoulder and upper back tension where deeper pressure and bigger stretches maybe more appropriate. Either way, you will always be able to communicate your needs so as to make your treatment as enjoyable and as effective as possible.

If you would like further reading on shiatsu and its history click here.

As well as offering shiatsu treatments, I also offer one-one tutorials for students and postgraduates to support you in your study and further development as a practitioner.