Shiatsu is a Japanese form of body, mind and spirit work.
Shiatsu treats the energy meridians of the body as defined by Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Using stretching, breathing and pressure on the meridians and acupressure points, Shiatsu recognizes the disharmonies within and helps you bring yourself back to a balanced and harmonic state of mind, body and spirit.
The 5 Principles of Shiatsu
Be Natural, Don't Press
What this is referring to is the state of mind the practitioner is in when giving shiatsu. By being in an aware yet not overly concentrated state, the practitioner is able to fully relax and lean all of their weight into the receiver, thus achieving the desired firmness of pressure you require.
When giving Shiatsu, the practitioner's arms and hands must be free of tension, using only the energy needed to keep them engaged and listening in the session.
Shiatsu is given by leaning the body weight of the practitioner onto the receiver. The practitioner leans in at a 90 degree angle to the contour of your body, not the floor or table.
Both hands are always used when giving Shiatsu. One hand is called the Mother, or listening hand. The other is called the Child, or messenger hand. The Mother hand stabilizes, listens, and provides comfort to the receiver. The Child hand moves along the meridians to where it is called and sends feedback to the Mother hand.
When working along the meridians of the body, you always want to remain "in" the meridian. The Mother stays "in" as the Child moves to the next point and sinks to the bottom. It is at this bottom of a point where the receiver feels the deepest relaxation, in that extra moment of stillness before moving on to the next point.
"Acupuncture Without Needles"
Shiatsu is commonly referred to as Acupuncture without needles. In Japanese, Shiatsu directly translates to, "finger pressure."
Shiatsu works directly with Traditional Chinese Medicine and the meridians along the body. Along with the meridians, Shiatsu can be performed on the same points acupuncturists use and be equally effective.
Benefits of Shiatsu
Shiatsu can assist in treating a myriad of conditions ranging from just needing to relax to coping with deep-seated trauma and chronic illness.