Shiatsu has developed over centuries of observation of all aspects of the human body and mind. The overriding aim of this type of bodywork is to provide a holistic treatment, which encourages the body to begin healing itself.
The body is constantly adjusting itself to maintain a state of fluidity and balance. Shiatsu helps to rebalance our “Qi” or “energy”.
The balance of Qi within the body is dependent on many factors: our physical make-up; the lifestyle choices; external influences such as work and emotional stress and illness.
The role of the Shiatsu practitioner is to enhance your awareness of any imbalances in your wellness.
Shiatsu - An Overview
Zen Shiatsu, based on theories developed by Shizuto Masunaga in the 1950s, works on the same traditional Chinese theories that many other forms of Shiatsu are based and perhaps more recognisably, Acupuncture.
Masunaga created a body map of the extended energy meridians which he observed during his practice. These 'meridians' or channels of Qi/energy are linked to the bodies' vital organs.
'Tsubo's or 'points' have also been added to this map. There are many over 300 known tsubo's plus many other 'floating' tsubo's or Ashi points. The most commonly reactive & widely used tsubo's are stimulated by the practitioner to assist the flow of Qi. There are located as intervals along the meridian and are often sore or sensitive to the touch.
The balance of Qi within the body is dependant on many factors, the Qi with which we are born (our constitution), the Qi that we create for our bodies via our lifestyle choices, the interaction of the meridians within the body and how they react to disease and Qi imbalance.