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Shiatsu means literally ‘finger-pressure’, shi-atsu.

Shiatsu Therapy is used to treat a wide range of medical conditions and provide preventive health benefits.

Shiatsu is a form of manual pressure therapy used to create and maintain health. Think of Shiatsu as acupuncture without the needles. It is a holistic approach to treatment which is rooted in the foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine, including the theory of Qi (Chi), Yin and Yang theory, Five Element theory, and the Organ/Meridian Systems.

Qi (Chi)

Simply put, Qi is energy. Whether pronounced “chee” or “kee”, and spelled “Chi” in Chinese and “Qi” or "Ki" in Japanese, they all carry the same meaning. Qi is the energy in and of all things in the universe.

Biologically there are two basic types of Qi. Inherited Qi, which we are born with; this is said to be apportioned and unreplenishable. The quality and quantity of this Qi represents our body’s basic foundation and constitution. Acquired Qi is obtained after we are born from food and air. The quality and quantity of Acquired Qi depends on our environmental influence such as food quality, state of emotions, amount of physical exercise and so on.

Yin and Yang

Yin and Yang are more than just philosophy; they are quintessential forces of Nature.

Yin and Yang are mutually exclusive, and together form a single system, which, when in balance, constitutes a state of harmony (and health) and when out of balance leads to disharmony (illness). The relationship between Yin and Yang forms the basis for all diagnoses and treatment formulas and protocols in Eastern Medicine.

The Five Elements

The Five Elements are Fire, Water, Metal, Wood and Earth. In the human body, each organ system corresponds to one of the Five Elements, for example, kidneys and water, heart and fire, the lungs and metal, the liver and wood, the spleen and earth. Like the spokes on a wheel, the five elements connect the organ systems and their functions to one another.

Organ/Meridian Systems

The Organ and Meridian system is the axis upon which Traditional Chinese Medicine turns. The vital substances, emotions, senses, tissues, environment, both internal and external, all have an effect (and conversely are affected by) upon within the Organs and the Meridians.

There are two types of Organs. Yin Organs are solid and structural in nature, and they store pure and vital substances; Yang Organs are hollow and functional in nature, they are continuously filled and emptied but do not store.

The Organs are more than just anatomical structures. They impact functions, processes, energies, mental and emotional faculties and the senses that directly affect your physical and mental health. The Meridians are the means by which these Organs can systemically express themselves throughout the body.

The practice of Shiatsu brings together all of these influences to create a treatment program that resolves health conditions and maintains balance and alignment for a healthy life.

Shiatsu Effectiveness

Shiatsu is a very effective way of treating the body, mind and spirit by treating the physical and energetic systems of the body. Have you ever been happy about a headache? Our feelings and our thoughts are inexorably linked to our physical states. Though a treatment from a shiatsu therapist may only focus on one part of the body, it is inevitable that the entire patient's body, and therefore emotional and psychological states also, will be affected.

The body must be thought of in a way as a closed system, separate from, though not unaffected by its environment. If there is a disturbance or a change in one area of the physical body then all other parts of the physical body, and in fact one’s whole being (mental state and energetic bodies as well) will be indirectly affected due to this fact. Shiatsu exploits this natural condition of biology to bring about positive healthy changes, and promote conscious healthy maintenance of the human body.


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