Guide To Shiatsu

The practice of shiatsu originates from Japan and is similar to acupressure.’s introductory guide to shiatsu gives you an insight to this ancient practice and the role of shiatsu can play in maintaining a healthy active lifestyle.

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What is it shiatsu?

Shiatsu originated in Japan. Similar to acupressure, pressure is applied to the specific areas along energy lines (meridians), promoting good health by 'stimulating the body’s energy flow (Ki). Shiatsu usually takes place on a padded mat on the floor, beginning with gentle stretching and manipulation techniques to help stimulate the movement of energy and to relax the muscles. Pressure can be applied to both wide areas as well as precise points and varied according to the body’s needs. It is performed through clothes. Each shiatsu session usually lasts between 40 minutes and one hour.

What is the purpose of shiatsu?

Shiatsu can help alleviate the pain associated with a wide range of conditions. It 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. Regular shiatsu sessions can help to prevent the build-up of stress. Following a shiatsu treatment, the individual may have feelings of increased vitality and relaxation.

Benefits of shiatsu to the active person

Some of the immediate physical benefits of Shiatsu are to stimulate the circulatory, lymphatic and hormonal systems and to regulate the activity of the autonomic nervous system. Shiatsu may aid pain relief and healing from injury and also help release stored toxins and stressors from repeated movements.