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How can Shiatsu help you?

The aim of Shiatsu is to stimulate and support the processes of natural self-healing, wellbeing, and personal growth, and to maintain health through balancing the energetic system of an individual. Each person is unique, and each session responds to your present need with the view to long-term health goals.

Shiatsu is said to increase energy, promote recovery from injuries, and stimulate the digestive system and aid in relaxation. Shiatsu is often used to lessen stress and protect against stress-related health issues. In addition, Shiatsu is said to promote healing in conditions such as: 

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Menstrual problems
  • Neck and Shoulder pain
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Sinus problems
  • Fibromyalgia (European Shiatsu Federation)
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Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning ‘finger pressure.’ It is a hands-on therapy used both as a complement to conventional medicine and as a preventative/alternative therapy. While Shiatsu has roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is now commonly practiced throughout the world.

As in Acupressure, Practitioners of Shiatsu apply pressure to points on the body thought to be connected to pathways called meridians. By stimulating these points, Shiatsu Practitioners’ goal is to promote the flow of vital energy (also known as ‘chi’) and facilitate healing. According to the principles of TCM, blockages in the flow of chi can contribute to a wide range of illnesses.

You usually receive shiatsu therapy while lying on a floor mat or massage table or sitting up. Disrobing is not required as the massage is performed through the clothing—preferably a thin garment made from natural fibers. Pressure is often applied using the thumbs, though various other parts of the Practitioner’s body may be employed, including fingertips, palms, knuckles, elbows, and knees—some therapists even use their feet. Shiatsu typically consists of sustained pressure (lasting up to ten seconds at a time), squeezing, and stretching exercises. It may also involve gentle holding as well as rocking motions. (Shiatsu Vancouver)

Shiatsu Massage Therapy technique refers to the use of fingers and palms of the Practitioner’s hands to apply pressure to particular sections on the surface of the body for the purpose of correcting the imbalances of the body, and for maintaining and promoting health. It is also a method contributing to the healing of specific illnesses. (Excerpt From “The Theory and Practice of Shiatsu” published by the Ministry of Health in Japan, in 1957—Canadian College of Shiatsu Therapy)

Shiatsu Massage is an alternative technique that involves manual pressure applied to specific points on the body in an attempt to relieve tension and pain. According to the Japanese healing treatment, Shiatsu (meaning finger pressure) Massage uses thumbs, fingers, elbows, and knees to concentrate pressure at certain energy pathways in the body called meridians. The massage, also known as acupressure, works to reduce muscle tension and fatigue and is thought to improve blood circulation in the body as well as improve function of the lymphatic system.

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