What it Shiatsu
Shiatsu (Japanese for 'finger pressure') is a form of body work which originated in China two thousand years ago where it was known as anma. It then found its way to Japan where it was adapted by the Japanese, and was introduced into Britain in the 1970s.
It combines the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine with the knowledge of Western ideas, and like acupuncture, stimulates the body's vital energy flow in order to promote good health.
Conditions which respond well to Shiatsu
- Stress related problems
- Depression, anxiety
- Headaches, migraines
- Digestive disorders
- Menstrual problems
- Improves blood / lymph circulation
- Strengthens the immmune system
- Back pain
- Whiplash injuries, neck stiffness
- Sports injuries
- Joint pain and reduced mobility
The Shiatsu Session
Shiatsu is traditionally given at floor level on a thick mat but can alos be given in a chair or on a couch. You will usually remain fully clothed throughout the treatment so it is advisable to wear something comfortable.
However it may be necessary to expose certain parts of the body for treatments which involve moxa, which is used to warm specific acupunture points or larger areas of the body. Moxa is also very useful in the treatment of sports injuries. Cupping is another traditional method of treatment and helps to promote circulation and release muscular tension.