Originating in Japan, Shiatsu is an ancient form of bodywork based on the same principles as acupressure, where pressure is applied to specific body points for the purpose of relieving stress and promoting proper body functioning.
Restores Health and Wellness
Instead of needles being used on the meridian points as in acupuncture, the therapist uses ‘finger pressure’ to stimulate the pressure points required. The method is believed to bring about restoration of balance, restoration of health and the opening of the meridians which lead to overall well-being.
Shiatsu uses pressure, tapping, soothing movements and kneading to gently manipulate the body for healing and pain and stiffness relief. The Shiatsu therapist may principally use their thumbs, but they quite often use their elbows, knees and feet.
Shiatsu is a non-invasive form of treatment which can be calming or invigorating, depending on the condition affecting the patient. Due to the nature of this therapy it can treat a wide variety of conditions. Among the ailments which can be treated with Shiatsu are most musculoskeletal issues and also emotional problems, including:
- Back pain, neck pain and other body aches and pain
- Anxiety and stress
- Limb stiffness and digestion problems.
It may also help with other problems affecting the nervous system, chronic fatigue and insomnia.
A Bodywork Therapy That Unblocks Energy Pathways
Shiatsu proponents believe that there is a vital energy within our bodies called Qi that flows through our bodies in pathways or meridians.
When these pathways become blocked, the flow of energy is undermined and results in many of our body functions being compromised. When the flow of Qi is restored to the body, balance occurs and our health is restored.
Before the Shiatsu treatment, the practitioner will attempt to evaluate the patient to locate the imbalance within the body. A plan is then designed to offer the patient the most beneficial and therapeutic treatment.
Help for Cancer Patients
Many have found that Shiatsu is an effective treatment for controlling cancer treatment side effects and symptoms.
The popularity of Shiatsu as a healing method is growing and more schools and therapists are beginning to research and offer studies in the therapy. Although little mainstream scientific evidence has been produced to support the claims that this bodywork method works significantly to promote health, the risk of side effects is virtually non-existent and there are many benefits that are consistently reported and verified.
More studies are being conducted and much information is available online and in books about the history and present evaluation of the treatment technique. You too may like to discover more about the fascinating history and implementation of Shiatsu body work treatments by locating a Shiatsu practitioner in your area.
That way you can find out first hand if Shiatsu might be a treatment technique that could help your overall health and well-being.