What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a holistic physical therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. Although shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese, in practice the therapist uses his/her relaxed body weight, applied principally through the hands.
Comfortable pressure is used, together with manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure and balance energy flow. Most people find this to be a deeply relaxing experience.
Regular treatments may also alleviate stress and musculo-skeletal discomfort, whilst enhancing your overall health and sense of wellbeing. Shiatsu is traditionally performed on a futon and the client remains fully clothed.
The history of Shiatsu
For centuries massage, along with acupuncture and herbalism were an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine, which was introduced to Japan by a Buddhist monk in the 6th Century.
The Japanese further developed and refined many of its methods to suit their own physiology, temperament and climate. In the early part of the 20th century, a practitioner Tamai Tempaku incorporated the newer Western sciences of anatomy and physiology and disciplines such as physiotherapy and chiropractic into several older methods of treatment.
Shiatsu was officially recognized as a therapy by the Japanese Government in 1964.
How much is a shiatsu session?
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