SHIATSU

RESTORATIVE JAPANESE BODYWORK 

Relax, Refresh, Revitalize

WHAT IS SHIATSU THERAPY?

Shiatsu (Kanji: 指圧; Hiragana: しあつ) is an ancient Japanese Therapeutic Bodywork and Acupressure System intended to correct internal malfunctions, to promote and maintain health for better wellbeing.

Shiatsu is a powerful, holistic and non-invasive manual therapy that has both preventative and remedial effects working to enhance harmony in body and mind. Through the simple power of touch, it engages the body's innate wisdom and healing resources to bring integration and transformation. Although deeply satisfying at a physical level, Shiatsu is not just a physical treatment as it includes the emotional, psychological and spiritual aspects of being.

WHAT SHIATSU CAN TREAT?

  • Releases deeply Stress Symptoms such as digestive complaints, anxiety, exhaustion, insomnia and headaches. 

  • Mental Restless and Depression.

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • Helps to manage Neck, Shoulder and Back Pain. 

  • Loose Tight Muscles and Fascia. 

  • Sciatica and Musculoskeletal pain. 

  • Stiffness, lack of mobility, joint issues.

  • Post-operative recovery.

  • Arthritic Pain / Rheumatism.

  • Emotional challenges, life transitions, shock and loss.

  • Women's health (Infertility, Pregnancy and Menopause).

In the early 1900s, Shiatsu developed in Japan as an independent medicine system equipped with its own theory and technique to promote health, well-being and prevent illness.  It became known for its therapeutic qualities and by the 1950s, the Japanese Ministry of Health officially recognised Shiatsu and was introduced in its National Health System.
In the 70s, it was first brought to the West and began to spread with the resultant generation of numerous styles such as Ohashiatsu, Ashiatsu. Five Elements, Namikoshi and Zen Shiatsu.

WHAT ARE THE PRINCIPLES OF SHIATSU?

  • Shiatsu is calm and relaxing in nature, yet dynamic in effect; the body begin to re-adjust itself and healing takes place. Shiatsu works by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system to calm and relax the client's body and mind while invigorating his/her vital energy (called "Qi"). 

  • Shiatsu incorporate the principles and observations of the ease of movement within the body, allowing the practitioner to tailor specific exercises to correct the problem. This is the Japanese physiotherapy methodology for postural realignment called "Sotai Ho".

  • Through assisted stretching and joint manipulation and mobilisation using "Muscle Energy Techniques (MET)" assess joints mobilisation, muscular tightness or injuries caused from physical activity at any level.

  • Acupressure which is based on 'The Traditional Chinese Medicine' practice of "acupoints" is used on trigger points within muscles and soft tissues.  Because these points directly relate to organs and glands of the body, constrictions in the flow of energy at these points causes disease, discomfort and pain in our body.  Shiatsu uses acupressure to stimulates these acupoints to remove the blockages while increasing the  body's energy flow and to bring a cure from within,  to reduce stress and  to promote health in body and mind.

  • Shiatsu is a type of massage therapy with roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which serves as a basis for its treatment of ailments.

Depending on the client's condition, it may be necessary to follow a Medical Doctor’s diagnosis and/or advice.

Shiatsu Manual Therapy is a deeply relaxing experience, so there’s no need to have a chronic condition, just come along, lie down and enjoy!

"When you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything"

                                                   Lao Tsu. 

OTHER LINKS:

https://www.shiatsusociety.org/

https://www.cnhc.org.uk/shiatsu

https://shiatsudo.com/en/school/

http://e.shiatsu.ac.jp/research/

https://shiatsu-apse.es/

https://shiatsu.net/

https://www.shiatsuhealthpoint.co.uk/articles

http://www.lifewaystherapycentre.com/about-us

 

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