Shiatsu is a special form of massage therapy with roots in
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Zen Buddhism. Extraordinary empathy and
attentiveness to the person receiving the massage are the hallmarks of this art.
“Shiatsu”—meaning “finger pressure” in Japanese—refers to a
method of treatment developed in Japan in the twentieth century. Shiatsu
techniques include stretching, mobilization, and the gentle yet highly effective
application of pressure using the hands, most usually, but sometimes also the
elbows, knees, or feet. By stimulating energy flow—the flow of the life force
Chi or Ki—Shiatsu releases tension and blockages in the body, mind, and spirit,
triggers self-healing, and fosters a deep sense of wellbeing.
Shiatsu does not attempt to remedy a single symptom.
Rather, like homeopathy, it balances the overall energy flow in order to
positively affect the human being as a whole.
Shiatsu treatment usually lasts 1 hour and takes place (in
the Japanese tradition) on a futon/mat on the floor. The client should wear
comfortable clothing, preferably of cotton. Warm socks are advisable, too, as
the body temperature tends to drop during treatment.