Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork. It combines traditional and contemporary approaches to health, drawing on Japanese massage, traditional Chinese medicine as well as western anatomy, physiology and pathology.
It works on ‘meridians’, the same channels of energy used for acupuncture, which run deep inside the body and relate to different aspects of your health. Using the meridians and specific pressure points, a treatment allows the receiver to relax deeply, restore natural equilibrium and to get in touch with their own body’s healing ability
‘Shiatsu’ means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese, but the practitioner also uses palms, elbows, knees and feet, applying varying pressure to different parts of the body. Stretches and rotations are also used to open up the meridians and release blockages.
Shiatsu is given through loose comfortable clothing with the client usually lying on a futon on the floor, though it is also possible to receive Shiatsu sitting in a chair.
Apart from being a great way to relax, ease tension and improve circulation, Shiatsu can also help with muscular problems, headaches and migraine, menstrual problems etc.