What is Shiatsu?
is a Japanese word. It means "finger pressure." A Shiatsu
treatment does, however, incorporate the use not only of finger pressure,
but also thumbs, palms, knees, forearms, elbows and feet. Pressure is
applied to the areas of energy lines (meridians) to promote good health
by "stimulating the body's energy flow (Ki)."
Length of Shiatsu Session
Each Shiatsu session usually lasts between 40 minutes and 1 hour. The
session usually takes place on a padded mat on the floor.
The session often begins with gentle stretching and manipulation techniques
to help stimulate the movement of energy and to relax the muscles. Pressure
can be applied to wide areas as well as precise points and varied according
to the body’s needs. Sometimes the pressure can be gentle and
calming. Sometimes the pressure can be deeply stimulating. The amount
and type of pressure depends on the specific needs of the individual.
Benefits of Shiatsu
Shiatsu can help alleviate the pain associated with a wide range of
conditions. Shiatsu can also assist an individual with their self-development
and self-healing; balancing the underlying causes of a condition; taking
into account the functioning of the physical and psychological; promoting
health and strengthening the body’s own healing abilities.
Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience, and regular Shiatsu sessions
help to prevent the build-up of stress in our daily lives. Following
a Shiatsu treatment, the individual may have feelings of increased vitality
Some of the immediate physical benefits of Shiatsu are to:
1. Stimulate the circulatory, lymphatic and hormonal systems.
2. Regulate the activity of the autonomic nervous system
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