Shiatsu Massage Therapy

Shiatsu is a non-invasive form of massage that originates from Japan. The name when translated means ‘finger pressure’. It is sometimes referred to as ‘acupressure’ in Acupuncture without needles, or a form of Japanese physiotherapy.

Shiatsu theory views the body as a holder of Ki (Chi). Ki is a form of energy for which we have no equivalent in English or Western philosophies, that when moving smoothly in an unrestrictive manner in the body, through muscles, bones, skin and tissues, in meridians, gives us a feeling of being well. The Oriental approaches to medicine do not separate mind and body as we do in Western medicine. So along with this smooth flow of Ki comes a spiritual sense of well being, of being happy with oneself and one’s life.

A Shiatsu treatment aims to restore the balance of Ki within the body, in doing so allowing the body to redress the physical and/or emotional-spiritual discomfort.

Shiatsu treatments have significant anecdotal evidence to support its effectiveness in helping the body resolve many conditions. It does not profess to cure but can help the body and you on the way to a better state of well-being.

For example some of the imbalances that Shiatsu has helped to alleviate are, back ache, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, whiplash, migraines, arthritis, menstrual issues, sports injuries, post surgery trauma, depression, general tiredness.

Shiatsu treatments can also be received purely for relaxation or a general tone up, very much taking your car in a regular service!

Shiatsu literally means finger pressure. Natural body weight is used when pressure is applied on special points on the body. Through this pressure the energy flowing in the meridians is influenced.

Chi by itself is invisible, but the way chi works can be seen in the body. When a wound is healing ‘just by itself’ it is the work of chi. Traditionally everything was seen as an expression of chi. Chi is the origin, the power of live. When chi stagnates, the body becomes ill.

Some common things that Shiatsu addresses: