Shiatsu is a manual form of treatment that originated in Japan and traditional Chinese medicine, Buddhism and Taoism. Shiatsu is mainly a preventive treatment method which, by exerting pressure on a body, promotes vitality, relieves tension and fatigue. In addition, shiatsu stimulates the natural self-healing power of our body.
When do you choose Shiatsu?
You can opt for a shiatsu massage if you feel weak and tired. However, the power of Shiatsu lies in the prevention of ailments. Regular treatment can be seen as a check-up, a maintenance service so that the vitality is maintained and people are less likely to be weakened by the circumstances in life.
One can opt for a shiatsu treatment for various reasons. Problems in the musculoskeletal system, digestive disturbances, problems with the skin, feeling too little or too much. Stagnated blood circulation, cold limbs. These are just a few of the various reasons for which one undergoes a shiatsu treatment.
In addition, one can also simply opt for a treatment because it is simply a very pleasant and relaxing experience.
Where does Shiatsu come from?
Shiatsu has been around for more than 2000 years. Shiatsu means, literally translated, finger pressure, a place where pressure is performed with the fingers. Shi means finger and hatsu pressure (the h is dropped when these two are stuck together). Use is made of the meridians that run through the body and the pressure points that can be found there. These are the same as with acupuncture. These channels and points on them are treated with the fingers, hands, elbows, knees and feet. In addition, manipulation techniques are used to stretch and extend and loosen the limbs.
How is Shiatsu given?
A treatment usually takes place on a futon, Japanese mattress, and the person receiving the treatment wears comfortable clothing without metal in it. A treatment can be done in four positions. Sitting and lying on the side, stomach or back. Nowadays it is also increasingly common that shiatsu is given on a massage table as it is commonly used in the west.
The practitioner walks the meridians and pressure points by leaning on the body of the person being treated. This pressure feels firm but familiar and protective and stimulates the body on several layers.
What is stimulated by Shiatsu?
By applying pressure to a body from the center of gravity of the practitioner, the body is stimulated so that blood and lymph fluid can flow better and the muscles relax. This allows the nutrients to get to the right place and the waste products are removed. It also ensures that the ki, Eastern understanding of life energy, will flow freely through the body again.