What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu, originating in Japan, is a technique to activate your body and refresh your mind. With gentle pressure, stretching and rotation your whole body is touched and mobilized. Thus, connective tissue, muscles, tendons, joints and organs are carefully moved, metabolism improved. This allows a deep relaxation, while thoughts and emotions are free to float. The physical impulses help you to discover your own body again and to develop new ways how to use it salutary. – Today, Shiatsu is practiced and further developed worldwide.
Shiatsu, what for?
Shiatsu is ideal for prevention and supports the health of your entire body. No matter if you are young or old, a more dynamic person or if you feel currently a little weak and slow, you can benefit from a Shiatsu session. Shiatsu re-establishes a better self-perception and helps to release stiffness or improper postures before they turn into chronic diseases. Thus, job-related malpositions are balanced before they cause headache, a stiff neck or back problems. Shiatsu can complement a conventional medical treatment and support rehabilitation after surgery or prolonged illness.
How Shiatsu is practiced?
Leading principles of Shiatsu are your well-being and a calm atmosphere. Any technique applied helps to calm down and get into a flow of slow and continuous movements and impulses. Shiatsu is usually practiced on a mat on the floor. The client is dressed comfortably. Long, wide pants, a long-sleeved T-shirt or a sweater and fresh socks are subserving. The respective position on the ground is supported with various cushions – if this improves your convenience.
The practitioner exerts pressure depending on your physical condition and sensitivity with palm, thumb, elbow or knee. In the course of the treatment the practitioner addresses your whole body. A Shiatsu treatment takes about 60 minutes. In order to achieve a lasting effect, several treatments in a row are useful. A good rhythm is one hour per week.
A bit of theory
The base of this form of body work is the concept of energy pathes (meridians) in Chinese medicine, which also plays an important role in acupuncture. Is the flow of energy (Qi) unhampered, body and spirit are in harmony and healthy. Congestions and blockades within the energy pathways are the causes of diseases. Shiatsu harmonizes the flow and the distribution of the energy in your body. This activates the natural power of your own resources.
What you should NOT expect from Shiatsu?
Shiatsu practitioners are not re-locating limbs and are not the first contact for unexpected acute and serious diseases. For those symptoms you should consult with your general practitioner or a specialist doctor first. As mentioned above, Shiatsu is great e.g. to complement a conventional medical treatment.
Who vouches for the quality of the exercised Shiatsu?
In Europe, country-specific organizations have formed to ensure solid training and examination regulations. These include the Shiatsu Society in Germany (www.shiatsu-gsd.de)), the Austrian organization for Shiatsu (www.shiatsu-verband.at) or the Shiatsu Society in Switzerland (www.shiatsuverband.ch). There are numerous schools for Shiatsu. One of the few multinationally organized ones is the European Shiatsu Institute, ESI (www.shiatsu.de).
In Japan, Shiatsu has been officially recognized as an independent method of treatment in 1964 by the Japanese Health Authority. In Europe the EU Commission described Shiatsu in 1997 as one of eight methods that complement Western medicine. In addition to Shitsu homeopathy, acupuncture and chiropractic were mentioned.
If you want to know more about Shiatsu, make an appointment and test it. Shiatsu is practice, not theory!