Shiatsu from Zest East West Health & Relaxation Therapies

By: Zest East West Health & Relaxation Therapies  10-Apr-2011
Keywords: Health, Alternative Medicine, Stress Management

The Japanese word ’shiatsu’ means “finger pressure” and is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Fingers and palms are mainly used, however sometimes knees, elbows and feet are used to apply firm but gentle pressure to specific points on the body’s energy pathways (meridians) to improve the flow of energy or “Qi” and balance the system where appropriate.

Shiatsu has some features in common with European style massage and other forms of bodywork in that the use of physical pressure and stretches serve to reduce muscular tension and loosen stiff joints.

The big difference between Shiatsu and European-style massage is that the receiver remains clothed during the treatment. The principal aim of Shiatsu is not to work on localised muscles and joints, but on the overall energy system of the client. 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.

Most often your physical aches and pains are simply the external manifestation or surface ‘action’ required in meeting a deep underlying need or psychological pattern. Shiatsu, whilst acknowledging and working with the manifestation, ultimately aims to work on meeting the underlying cause or need to eliminate the resultant action. If we are agreed that you would receive added benefit through then this will be incorporated into the treatment.


Keywords: Alternative Medicine, Connective Tissue Massage, Cupping, Energy, Health, Herbal Heat Therapy, Meridian Therapy, Moxa, Moxibustion, Shiatsu, Stress Management,

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