Shiatsu is a form of bodywork developed in Japan in the 20th Century, drawing on that used in traditional Chinese medicine. Shiatsu works on the same points as acupuncture, but instead of using needles to stimulate them, the therapist's thumbs, fingers, palms, elbows, arms, knees or feet are used to apply pressure. Shiatsu also employs passive stretches and joint rotations to promote relaxation. Shiatsu rebalances body and mind, and can be relaxing or stimulating, according to need. The treatment depends on an empathic connection from the giver to the receiver. Shiatsu can be performed on the floor or on a couch. To learn more about shiatsu, see my blog posts about it.
Advantages of shiatsu include:
- Does not involve the use of oil
- An ideal alternative to acupuncture for people like me who have a needle phobia!
- Performed fully clothed, so some people feel more comfortable about this form of treatment.
If you are interested in trying a shiatsu treatment or would like to find out more about it, you can contact me here.