What is Shiatsu & how does it work?
Shiatsu, literally translated from Japanese means ‘finger pressure’. Through the application of finger pressure to areas of meridian pathways, or energy lines, good health can be promoted through the stimulation of Ki, or the body’s energy flow.
What can it treat?
Some listed physical benefits from shiatsu treatment are:
- Stimulated circulatory, lymphatic, and hormonal systems
- Regulation of automatic nervous system activity
- Release of toxins and deep seated tension from muscles
Shiatsu is, however, capable of assisting in the alleviation of many conditions ranging from general symptoms and feeling of ill health to specific injuries. As well as providing immediate relief of such ailments, shiatsu will also help the body to enhance its own natural ability to heal, which will be beneficial for the recipient in the long term.
Regular sessions will prevent the build up of stress within an individual, and recipients will sometimes feel a warming combination of increased vitality and relaxation.
Cancer Research UK makes it clear that they don’t believe shiatsu is beneficial for the treatment of cancer, however; they do state that massage therapy can be beneficial for some patients.
What can I expect from a treatment session?
Traditionally taking place on the floor with the assistance of a padded mat, the recipient remains fully clothed for between 40 to 60 minutes during each session. The first session will involve the practitioner taking a detailing history of the recipient’s background to develop a picture of their current health condition in accordance with the principles of oriental medicine.
During a treatment session, gentle manipulation and stretching techniques help stimulate energy movement and promote the relaxation of muscle. Varying degrees of pressure are applied to wide areas, or precision points, which may vary according to the body’s needs; ranging between deeply stimulating, or gentle and calming. As the sessions take place on the floor as opposed to a couch, considerable attention is given to the correct positioning of the body, and the manipulation of gravity in order to deliver the wide range of encompassing techniques.