What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese form of bodywork, - literally translated as "finger pressure" - which works to promote health by influencing and improving the state of a person's life-energy.

This universal energy, called Ki, flows within the body, forming a matrix that links our internal organs with the meridians or external energy pathways to which Shiatsu is applied. The practitioner uses fingers, palms, elbows and feet to balance the client's energy system. Its aim is to correct malfunction and enhance and maintain health.

Usually the treatment is given through the clothes on a soft mat on the floor. Shiatsu may also include stretches and rotations of limbs and joints.

The term shiatsu was first used in a book published in 1915, Tenpaku Temai's Shiatsu Ryōhō.

Shiatsu treatments can:

    restore balance and harmony in your body's energy system

    improve your general health and wellbeing

    boost your immune system

    help overcome depression, stress, tension, insomnia

    speed up healing of flu, colds, etc.

    ease back pain, neck and shoulder pain, headaches

    relieve menstrual, digestive problems

    leave you feeling deeply relaxed

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  1. You may expect to feel some change in your condition the next day, or even the same day.
  2. Don't leave too many days between treatments. The second treatment should be 3-4 days after the first Shiatsu treatment.
  3. To make Shiatsu most effective, we suggest a treatment once a week.
  4. Don't expect an instant cure. However, if you do not notice any changes in your symptoms or improvement in your condition after a series of 10 treatments, consult with your Shiatsu practitioner.
  5. To make Shiatsu part of your maintenance of overall good health, we suggest a treatment once a week.