"Shiatsu" is a Japanese word meaning "finger pressure". It is a "hands-on" bodywork technique used both as a compliment to conventional medicine and as a preventative / alternative therapy. Practiced for centuries in Japan as a traditional healing art, shiatsu is used to treat chronic pain and ailments, while promoting relaxation and overall well-being. It enhances the body’s natural healing ability and prevents the progression of disease.
Shiatsu incorporates the theory of acupuncture which proposes that our vital energy, known as "Chi" (or "Ki") moves through the body along well defined passageways called meridians. Balance of the meridians is considered to be essential for health and well-being. The entire body is treated as everything is connected with every element influencing one another.
By applying rhythmic pressure using fingers, hands, elbows and even knees on specific points of the meridians for three to ten seconds at a time, Shiatsu massage is meant to alleviate any blockages within the body and promote the natural flow of energy. It corrects the imbalances of the body, and maintains and promotes health.
When a person’s vital energy stops flowing freely, many symptoms of ill health may develop. Shiatsu which also utilizes acupressure, or pressure points along with other manual therapy techniques, has been found exceptionally effective for stress-reduction, reducing fatigue and alleviating a wide spectrum of symptoms such as: back pain, shoulder & neck problems, headaches, constipation, cramps, insomnia etc. For more information, feel free to contact us.