What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a touch based therapy that applies pressure to areas of the surface of the body through loose comfortable clothing for the purpose of promoting and maintaining wellbeing.
A Shiatsu practitioner will initially consult with the client and plan the Shiatsu treatment. The client will then be positioned comfortably, with appropriate adjustments being made throughout the session. Clear and accurate aftercare advice will be given.
Shiatsu is a Japanese word that literally means finger pressure and derives its theoretical and practical roots from the ancient traditions of Oriental medicine. Today it is an autonomous treatment method influenced by Chinese, Japanese and Western knowledge.
In addition to being regularly used by thousands of people all over the world, a variety of charities, health foundations, NHS trusts and hospitals in the United Kingdom provide Shiatsu to support patients whilst receiving treatment for a range of health issues and to help them maintain their general wellbeing.
What happens in a Shaitsu Therapy session?
A Shiatsu session usually starts with about 15 minutes of ‘questioning’ and ‘looking’ diagnosis, during which the receiver may be asked to participate in breathing, stretching and other exercises. Following this is the ‘touching’ diagnosis, the hands-on treatment, over the clothing. This usually lasts about 45 minutes and takes place with the receiver lying on the floor or a low massage couch.
After the treatment, it is recommended that the receiver relax and allow time for the body to rest and realign itself. Following the treatment, some recommendations (related to lifestyle) may be made, including yoga postures or mindfulness meditation practices.
What is the theory behind Shiatsu?
The therapist is trained to create and sustain an intuitive and physical connection with the receiver. Using changes in pressure and movement in particular areas, the therapist releases touches or pressed along certain ‘lines’ or ‘channels’, that are known as “meridians” in Shiatsu.
There are 14 different meridians running throughout the body, along the head, neck, torso, arms and legs. By adjusting the texture and composition of the meridians, through touch, the overall flow of energy or awareness through the body can be enhanced.