My name is Sebastiaan van Leeuwen. Over the years I came into contact with Shiatsu, a Japanese massage form. This was because I immersed myself in Aikido, one of the martial arts from Japan.
I have been practicing Shiatsu for about twenty years now and it has become a great passion of mine. I graduated from the Dutch school for Classical Shiatsu in The Hague. This is a four-year HBO degree.
Shiatsu is a manual form of treatment that originated in Japan and traditional Chinese medicine. Shiatsu is mainly a preventive treatment method which, by exerting pressure on a body, promotes vitality and relieves tension and fatigue. This stimulates the self-healing power of our body.
Shiatsu has been around for more than 2000 years. Shiatsu literally means 'finger pressure'. A place where pressure is applied with the fingers. But the elbows, knees and feet are also used. We work with the meridians that run through the body and the pressure points that can be found there. These are the same as with acupuncture. In addition, manipulation techniques are used to stretch and extend and loosen the limbs.
Shiatsu is usually given on a Japanese mattress (futon), but can certainly also be done on a massage table or treatment couch.
By reading the body with the hands and the conversation during the treatment, it automatically becomes clear which places muscles and whether parts of the body are stuck have blockages. Attention should be paid to these places.
In Shiatsu, modern forms of massage such as relaxation massage or trigger point massage are part of the techniques you study and learn.
All in all, a Shiatsu treatment provides beneficial relaxation and rest.