Shiatsu is more than bodywork
Shiatsu is a form of bodywork influenced by the Far Eastern tradition that harmonises body, mind and soul. Through gentle, deep-acting pressure the QI - our life energy - starts to flow. This energy can be too much, too little or jammed and create an energetic imbalance, which we individually perceive as fatigue, tension, nervousness, fatigue or back pain. The applied pressure in shiatsu reaches deeply trapped or blocked tissue restrictions along the meridian lines and helps to balance the entire organism via the fascia system.
Shiatsu supports the functions of the autonomic nervous system, e.g. breathing, digestion, sleep, blood circulation or menstruation, has a favorable effect on the musculoskeletal system and creates physical and mental balance. Find more information here about the benefits of shiatsu.
Shiatsu is neither a massage in the classical sense, nor a pure form for symptom treatment, as we know it from Western medicine. It aims at health care. This means imbalances are treated before they manifest themselves as serious issues.
The origins lie in the traditional Chinese and Japanese health teachings and are based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and the meridian system. Translated from Japanese "shi" means finger and "atsu" pressure.
Zen Shiatsu refers to the Shiatsu style established by Dr. Shizuto Masunaga, which is most widespread in the West. Masunaga was a Japanese Shiatsu therapist and professor of Western psychology. In my studio I perform Zen-Shiatsu according to Masunaga.