Shiatsu is a healing and prophylactic form of therapy, similar to acupuncture, but instead of needles, the masseuse uses fingers and palms. Shiatsu is one of the better known Japanese therapies is actually derived from traditional Chinese medicine. Shiatsu has been described as “the art of the attentive touch” which helps bring harmony between the body and the mind. The therapy takes place on a mat in a meditative relaxing atmosphere.
Shiatsu therapy stimulates the body’s self-healing ability, which improves the organism’s vitality. If the flow of Ki or Qi (life energy) through the meridians is smooth, the person is healthy. During the course of therapy, moving through the body’s bioactive points, blocked energies in the meridians’ channels are released and the ailments subside.
Shiatsu therapy helps treat many health problems such as stress, fatigue, insomnia, metabolic disorders, back, neck and headaches, muscle tensions, joint problems and many others. Consistent shiatsu therapy not only reduces the symptoms of these problems, but also has a prophylactic effect on the health. Accoring to western medicine, shiatsu calms the autonomous nervous system, which reduces stress and increases stress tolerance. Blood and lymphatic circulation is also improved, as well as muscle tonicity and internal organ functions, and the immune system is strengthened.
A session typically lasts 1 or 1.5 hours and you should wear training clothes and socks which are body friendly and do not restrict movement.