In describing Shiatsu, it’s might be helpful to first explain that it is not a Chinese breed of dog (that’s a shih tzu)! To give an honest (and bold) description, shiatsu may be unlike any other massage you have ever experienced.
Basically, shiatsu (pronounced shē-ät‘-soo) is a very gentle and sublime massage technique first developed in China and Japan some 2500 years ago. It involves light hand and finger pressure along specific pathways on the body. Shiatsu is performed fully clothed without the use of any oils or lotions. The massage is performed in a gentle, empathetic manner, allowing the recipient to feel tranquil, calm, and comfortable.
However, shiatsu is more than just massage. It is a complete system of therapeutic bodywork. Shiatsu is often called “acupuncture without the needles”, as it works under the very same healing principles as Chinese Medicine. Specific energy meridians and pressure points are stimulated throughout the body to help alleviate physical aches and pains, calm mental stress, and treat spiritual disharmonies. Some of the symptoms that shiatsu can treat include sports injuries, bad backs, stiff joints, migraines, PMS, PTSD, insomnia, and depression. Shiatsu also helps to quiet an overactive mind, allowing you to think more clearly and to feel much more peaceful with yourself and with others.
During the spring and summer months, I have often treated people suffering with allergies, runners with shin splints, and even golfers looking to improve both their swing and mental focus. That’s one of the great things about shiatsu. Whether you’re looking to untie some knots and de-stress, or would like to address some deeper health issues, shiatsu could be your ticket to better living.