Shiatsu is an ancient Japanese bodywork that uses hand, knuckle, palm, elbow, and foot pressure on specific points located along energy meridians, in order to promote the free flow of ki energy, the circulating life force. Oriental Medicine maintains that disease occurs because of stagnation or blockage in the flow of ki. Shiatsu uses pressure techniques to affect the interrupted energy flow throughout the meridians and related organs, thus restoring balance to the body. The practitioner’s techniques may include finger or palm pressing, holding, vibration, rubbing, shaking, tapping, kneading, stretching, and joint rotation.
This healing system reduces muscle tension, promotes internal organ function, and prompts intestinal peristaltic contractions. It is deeply relaxing and effective for stress, locomotive, and internal disorders. It is also effective in stimulating blood circulation, and it increases mental as well as physical energy.