The word Shiatsu is made up of the Japanese words Shi (finger) and Atsu (pressure); when literally translated from Japanese it means “pressure with fingers“.
Now recognised all over the world, Shiatsu is a massage technique that stimulates acupressure points. A shiatsu therapist uses finger and palm pressure, stretches, rolling and patting. These techniques stimulate qi flow in the meridians, thereby invigorating blood circulation, alleviating pain, relaxing muscles and calming the mind.
When finger pressure is applied to Tubo (acupressure points) you may feel a sensation between pain and pleasure. Many people enjoy this pleasure/pain sensation. Receiving Shiatsu is an enjoyable experience, a tonic for the body and mind.
Shiatsu is one of a number of traditional practices used to prevent disease. However, Shiatsu can also treat a variety of ailments:
- acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions,
- digestive disorders,
- respiratory problems, and
- mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
When doing Shiatsu to treat health problems, I often use it in conjunction with acupuncture, as I have found this gives maximum therapeutic results.
What I like about Shiatsu is that it is a hand-on treatment, so it is a very comforting and nurturing form of therapy. It is natural to put your hands on the site of pain — a child’s sore tummy, or perhaps your own head, because this gives comfort and may even take some of the pain away. Hands themselves have a lot of healing power.
I am confident you will enjoy Shiatsu therapy and will feel revitalized by it.