What is Shiatsu
Shiatsu was developed back in the early twentieth century, from Japan. There are
different forms of Shiatsu bodywork that can be given. It promotes the restoration of a
healthy flow of energy throughout the body. And unlike other massage techniques that
focus on one specific part of the body with obvious symptoms, Shiatsu focuses on the
body as a whole.
Shiatsu is much similar to acupuncture, but without needles. Instead, the massage
therapist uses finger pressure on different points on the body's energy pathways, better
known as meridians. Needles are actually inserted in these control points in acupuncture,
but in Shiatsu, needles are not needed. Instead the MT uses fingers thumbs as well as
palms at times to locate these pressure points. A good way to remember what Shiatsu is
would be to break down the word’s Japanese meaning altogether. The "Shi" in Shiatsu
stands for finger and "atsu" stands foe pressure. Other techniques like rocking, shaking,
joint mobilization and stretches can also be used in the Shiatsu bodywork.
The work is usually done on the floor on a mat, but can also be done other ways
like on a table or chair. And unlike Swedish for example the client can remain clothed
during the work. Loose fitting clothes are recommended for both the client and therapist
to comfortably receive the work and do the work. Pillows and blankets are also used for
comfort. Its best to wear light cotton or natural clothes as the treatment is made on the
fully clothed body. Zen Shiatsu especially is very relaxing unlike other types of Shiatsu
styles, but each usually take around 50-60 minutes.
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