What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese acupressure massage. The Japanese word, "Shiatsu" 指圧, means "finger pressure".
The Japanese have long had a tradition of giving acupressure to each other to relax and maintain health while also encouraging bonding. The techniques of acupressure were passed down through generations and developed into Shiatsu as a traditional healing art.
A brief history of Shiatsu and oriental medicine
Since ancient times, humans have instinctively known the beneficial effect of placing their hands-on areas affected by pain. By this way, Shiatsu and many other traditional hands-on therapies emerged.
Since Japanese imported Chinese Medicine in the fifth century CE, they have practised its medical techniques, such asacupuncture, herbal medicine, and massages for centuries. Japanese priests and doctors actively introduced and studied the classical medical texts from Han dynasty and the materials of Daoism and Confucian philosophies, which are the foundation of Chinese Medicine.
Shiatsu developed from Anma (meaning "press and rub"). A traditional acupressure remedy developed and passed down among families over many generations. Anma became part of formal medical treatment when Chinese Medicine was at the heart of Japan's medical system. However, the therapeutic use of Anma faded gradually from the Edo era (17th -19th centuries), when the government encouraged blind people to work as Anma masseur. Since then, Anma has almost lost itstherapeutic application by combining various other massage techniques and is now mostly used only for relaxation and comfort. In the early 1900's, to revive the remedial acupressure, Shiatsu was separated from Anma and developed to treat specific illnesses within the theoretical framework of oriental medicine. However, the practice of Shiatsu declined when western medicine and science were introduced to Japan and during the postwar when the US proposed a law to ban all forms of traditional medicine. During this time, Shiatsu based on science and physiology, which stripped off the concept of Qi, Meridians, and Chinese Medicine, became famous (Namikoshi Shiatsu).
Different styles of Shiatsu
There are many different styles of Shiatsu currently practised in Japan and many other countries. Tokujiro Namikoshi, known as the father of Shiatsu, developed the standardised form of Shiatsu in Japan (Namikoshi Shiatsu). He initiated the legalisation of Shiatsu and founded the Japan Shiatsu College, which gained recognition by the Japanese Ministry of Health to license professional practitioners. Since then, Shiatsu became a legalised profession in Japan. To become a Shiatsu practitioner in Japan, one must learn Shiatsu as defined by the Japanese Ministry of Health. Namikoshi Shiatsu's techniques are characterised by using mainly the fingers, palms and especially overuse of the thumbs. Namikoshi Shiatsu does not have much influence from traditional Chinese Medicine or Meridian theories anymore; instead, the large part of its theory relies on modern western anatomy and physiology.
Here are other styles of Shiatsu practised both in Japan and in the west today:
Keiraku (Meridian) Shiatsu
Keiraku (Ioh kai) Shiatsu (also called Zen Shiatsu)
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Benefit of Shiatsu
Shiatsu's purpose is not about curing disease as isolated entities, but it aims to help the patient reach their optimum health so that their body can heal on its own. Shiatsu is also one of the safest therapies. It is simple, yet has a reliable effect when applied correctly. Shiatsu can help numerous physical, psychological and emotional problems.
Full-body 60 min / 90 min
The treatment takes place on a mattress on the floor. The receiver is fully clothed. We recommend that you wear loose comfortable clothing for treatment.