About Shiatsu

Shiatsu massage is a Japanese healing art, through touch. The word Shiatsu literally means finger pressure. Traditional Shiatsu works along the acupuncture meridians, using the pressure applied by palms, thumbs, fingers, elbows, knees or feet. Its theory and technique have root in several disciplines of oriental medicine, including acupuncture and nutrition.

The aim of Shiatsu is to restore health by activating the body’s natural self-healing system. It uses the same channels (meridians) and points as in acupuncture. Instead of needles, the Shiatsu practitioner applies relaxed quality pressure throughout the body to bring energy to depleted areas and to release congested ones, thus stimulating the body’s vital energy (Ki or chi) to re-balance and return to a state of health.

When the Ki circulating within us through the meridians becomes depleted or blocked, we experience it as pain or as an ailment at a physical or emotional level. The sensitive quality of the Shiatsu touch, combined with the skillful application of pressure on the whole body, allows the receiver to release pain and tension, while addressing the underlying origin of the discomfort.