Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning “finger pressure”. Its a hands-on therapy originating in Japan. Like so many things Japanese, shiatsu draws on techniques and ideas from other cultures, most notably China. The thumbs, palms, fingers, elbows and knees are used to apply deep, yet relaxed pressure to areas of the body.
Shiatsu is communication through touch. Everybody responds to touch. It helps us discover where our body begins and ends, feels safe to move, where it resists and most importantly where it would like to change.
Physical pressure and releasing techniques enable the body to adjust its physical structure. Regular shiatsu treatments help ward off illness and maintain health.
Shiatsu is not manipulative, it enables the body to articulate. A treatment will also effect the non-physical: our emotions, feelings and self-image. It is impossible to work on the physical body without affecting the non-physical.
Most widely known for its use for musculoskeletal problems, it is also helpful for many other issues such as poor sleep, anxiety, stress, digestive problems and even colds and Flu. It is also frequently used to support treatment for fertility issues and IVF.