About Shiatsu

The shiatsu experience can be many things

About Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a physical therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It works on the whole person – not just the physical body, but also the psychological, emotional and spiritual being.

Shiatsu originated in Japan from traditional Chinese medicine, with influences from more recent Western therapies. Although shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese, in practice a practitioner uses touch, pressure and manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure and balance its energy flow. Blockages and stagnation can occur in the meridian energy-flow lines causing varied health and psychological issues which when released allows for a freer flow of energy throughout the system. It is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatments can alleviate stress and illness and maintain health and well-being.

Styles of Shiatsu

Many early Shiatsu practitioners developed their own style and some, including Namikoshi and Masunaga, founded schools that helped establish Shiatsu as a therapy.

Today, Shiatsu has a number of different styles, philosophical approaches and theoretical bases; and practitioners around the world are still evolving new approaches to treatment. Some concentrate on acupressure  points, while others emphasize more general work on the body or along the pathways of energy to influence the Qi that flows in them. Other styles highlight diagnostic systems, such as the Five Element system or the Zen approach. However all are based on traditional Chinese medicine.

The approaches most commonly found in Britain are Zen Shiatsu, Macrobiotic Shiatsu, Healing Shiatsu, Namikoshi Shiatsu, Movement Shiatsu, Hara Shiatsu and Transformational Shiatsu.


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Individual Shiatsu Practitioners

Besides the various approaches to Shiatsu the individual shiatsu therapist will bring to their treatments differing aspects from their other studies; for instance counselling, movement techniques or other medical theories and applications. To find out more of what to expect from a session with Donna please see the About The Session page.

How does Shiatsu treatment work?

Based on the initial diagnosis and on physical and visual feedback gained during the session, the practitioner will seek to even out the perceived energy imbalances through pressure on the meridians, probably in conjunction with other techniques such as rocking, stretches and joint rotations.

Is Shiatsu massage?

Shiatsu has some features in common with European-style massage and other forms of bodywork in that the use of physical pressure and stretches serves to reduce muscular tension and loosen stiff joints. However, unlike massage, the receiver remains clothed during the treatment and the principal aim of Shiatsu is not to work on localised muscles and joints, but on the overall energy system of the client. This is the big difference between Shiatsu and other physical therapies. A Shiatsu practitioner working on a shoulder joint, for example, will not just be focusing on the joint but on the pattern of energy throughout the client’s body.

Read More…

If you would like to read more about shiatsu here is An Article About Shiatsu written by my Teacher