Originating in Japan, Shiatsu is a physical therapy based on theory deeply rooted in the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, with influences of more recent western therapies.
Shiatsu works with the whole person, on both physical and emotional levels, supporting and strengthening the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself.
Shiatsu means “finger pressure”. The practitioner uses fingers, thumbs and palms applying comfortable pressure to work with the energy of the body. It also incorporates gentle manipulation and stretches of the joints to help adjust the body’s structure.
Unique features of Shiatsu are that clients remain fully clothed and it is carried out on a futon on the floor. Cushions are used to support the body in various positions. Seated treatments can be given if it is difficult getting on to the floor. Clients need to wear loose, comfortable clothing.
In addition to being deeply restorative, Shiatsu can help bring awareness and improvement to bodily alignment.