Shiatsu is similar to Acupuncture in the respect that it is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM); of Yin and Yang, balance, harmony and flow. TCM looks at the world holistically and in terms of the relationship between people and their environment, which gives a far greater understanding than looking at symptoms as a separate entity.
Shiatsu uses the same points (energy gateways) along the meridians (energy channels) as Acupuncturists, but instead of needles, a Shiatsu therapist applies relaxed and even pressure with hands, elbow or knee, and in doing so connects with the client’s own energy field. This connection is both the essence and the power of Shiatsu and is what makes Shiatsu unique.
It’s all too easy for energy to become stuck, stagnant or deficient, or even to rebel and go against its natural direction as in a condition like acid reflux. This can leave you feeling out of control and powerless as you struggle to understand why your body is behaving this way.
Western medicine treats the symptoms but all too often ignores the cause. This gives some relief but the underlying problem still simmers away. Then sometimes the side effects of the medication can be almost as bad as the symptoms it’s treating. Shiatsu can give a different level of understanding through perceiving the cause to be the result of an energy imbalance.
Shiatsu can treat a range of conditions and can get to the root cause of the problem by treating that imbalance. It’s popular for muscular skeletal issues and back, shoulder, neck and hip pain. It is less well known for, but just as effective at treating nervous disorders, anxiety and other emotional issues, insomnia, migraines and headaches, digestive issues, skin problems, and general feelings of stress and exhaustion. This list could go on, as Shiatsu benefits just about any condition. Shiatsu is especially helpful for conditions which can be difficult to diagnose or treat with Western medicine, such as Fibromyalgia or MS.
Shiatsu is a safe and gentle physical therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself whatever the imbalance.