Shiatsu: an antidote to 21st Century Stress
What Is Shiatsu?
For starters, it’s not a martial art! In Japanese, shiatsu literally means “finger pressure”. It describes a form of bodywork that blends principles from Chinese Medicine, Western anatomy and physiology, and traditional Japanese massage. Treatment is usually given on a futon where the therapist will apply gentle pressure to the receiver mostly using their hands and fingers.
What attracted you to shiatsu? I was suffering from a neck injury and went for some treatments knowing absolutely nothing about shiatsu. I was impressed by the efficacy of the treatments and was drawn to the beautiful ritualistic quality of the way the therapist worked.
What and who can shiatsu treat?
Shiatsu has a powerful effect on the part of the nervous system that governs our ability to relax and restore. It is therefore a wonderful antidote to stress and all its associated complaints like insomnia and anxiety. It’s also equally capable of treating aches, sports injuries, digestive disorders, women’s health issues and many other conditions. It’s such a gentle form of therapy that it’s suitable for almost anybody.
What makes shiatsu different from other forms of bodywork or massage? We train for three years to qualify as therapists because it takes time to learn how to assess the holistic needs of each individual. Every shiatsu session is unique, and designed specifically to help that particular client find balance and well-being in their lives. It is this attention to personalisation which I think makes shiatsu feel so good to receive.