SHIATSU in the UK
How to Find Shiatsu Therapists and Treatments near me
What is Shiatsu
Shiatsu is a holistic treatment that originated in Japan in the early 20th century. It is a form of bodywork that aims to influence the flow of “Ki” circulating in the body. The Japanese term “Ki” can be translated as energy or vital life force. When the flow of Ki is hindered, symptoms of ill heath appear. Some of the ways shiatsu treatment harmonizes a patients Ki, is through the meridian system and acupuncture points along these channels.
Shiatsu was developed from older, traditional Oriental massage techniques, incorporating knowledge of anatomy and physiology from Western medicine. Since then shiatsu has evolved into many different styles. Some focus more on pressure to points, others work mainly on the meridians to affect the flow of Ki in the body. All practitioners use diagnostic theories based on principles of Oriental medicine.
Shiatsu in Japanese means, “finger pressure” although the palms, arms, elbows, knees and feet are often utilized to apply pressure. Gentle manipulations of the joints and stretches are used to increase mobility and flexibility. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience, can be given to maintain well being or to help with many types of health complaints.
What can you expect from a Shiatsu session
Research on conditions treated with shiatsu can be found at: www.shiatsusociety.org/public/research/research_overview.shtml
Questions about what a Shiatsu session involves
During the treatment you lie down or sit and the practitioner will administer the treatment. It is beneficial if you close your eyes and try to relax otherwise you may create resistance to the natural movements of the body. Your practitioner may advise you on lifestyle issues, diet and exercises to support the treatment and your healing process.