Shiatsu is a form of bodywork therapy developed in Japan over 100 years ago and is based on thousands of years of traditional Chinese medicine. The word Shi-atsu means "pressure-finger." The ancient techniques of acupressure are combined with modern techniques of massage.
After World War II, Tokujiro Namikoshi, brought his technique to the U.S. In the mid 70s, the psychology teacher Shizuto Masunaga Shiatsu also taught in the eastern United States. He called his method Zen-Shiatsu. This method uses a refined Hara (abdominal region) reading system or, in which the channels are determined Kyo / Jitsu (low activity/high activity). The interaction between these meridians functions determines the theme of the session.
Many of the current teachers who are internationally recognized, studied with Masunaga and / or with his students Ohashi and Pauline Sasaki. This is the method that I use in my sessions.
Unlike acupressure, the traditional points of acupuncture are not very important in Zen-Shiatsu. Meridians are treated as a whole, from head to toes, giving better support to our vital energy flow.
A simple and subtle way to offer relaxation and comfort to people. Our vital energy, called Ki or Chi is constantly changing and moving. When this energy flows freely, we feel good and healthy. But when obstacles arise in this flow, an excess or a lack of energy in different parts of the body can manifest in a variety of symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, neck, shoulder and back pain, stress, anxiety, stiffness, muscle spasms, headaches, insomnia, etc.
The work of Shiatsu is to re-establish the balance in the regions of excess or lack of energy in the whole body. Keeping in mind that these symptoms can be caused in either the physical, mental, emotional or spiritual levels. For this purpose we use different pressure techniques with fingers, hands and elbows; stretches and rotations release stiff joints and muscles, making them more flexible and mobile.
Shiatsu can be relaxing or invigorating as it affects the autonomic nervous system and initiates the self-healing processes in the body. You can address a specific issue or just receive the relaxing appearance. Also as a healing therapy in recovery treatments after accidents or operations.
Being a very individual access method, Shiatsu can be applied to people of all ages. Fully dressed, lying on a futon on the floor or on a massage table. The ability to work sitting is a more comfortable alternative for the aged, the physically disabled. No lotions or oils are used.
The effects of Shiatsu can manifest for several days after the session, depending what the body needs and absorb. These can be and is not limited to a tingling sensation throughout the body, tiredness or conversely more energy than usual. These are the effects of movement of the purification and energy in the body whixh are very induvidual. You can start to release toxins through sweat, tears or bathroom visits.
Balancing the energy in a body that has been exposed to (for example) the effects of stress for long periods of time, does not happen in one session. Certain conditions may require multiple sessions depending on their intensity.
Shiatsu is energy work and not a medical diagnosis and it is not a substitution for certain therapies or treatments. If you have a medical condition or serious illness, you should always consult your doctor before receiving a shiatsu session.
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