Shiatsu (shi = finger, atsu = pressure) is pressure point massage, originating from traditional Eastern medicine and is sometimes called “acupuncture-without-needles”. The pressing and stretching techniques applied by the practitioner, influence the flow of energy (Ki or Chi) in the energetic pathways (meridians¹) in the body. Stagnation of the energy flow in one or more meridians leads to health complaints or even to illness. Via Shiatsu these blockings can be eliminated so the energy can run freely, which allows the body to become balanced. By balancing the energy available in the body, the self-healing powers of the body are activated. Symptoms of illness (physical, emotional or mental) disappear partially or completely and a higher sense of wellness is experienced. The power of Shiatsu is that it provides both remedial (healing) and preventative effects. The Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare recognizes Shiatsu and issued the following legal definition for it:
Shiatsu refers to the use of fingers and palms of one’s hands to apply pressure to particular sections on the surface of the body for the purpose of correcting the imbalances of the body, and for maintaining and promoting health. It is also a method contributing to the healing of specific illnesses.
¹The W.H.O (World Health Organization) recognizes the efficiency of acupuncture, and published a list of about 400 acupuncture points and 20 meridians, connecting these points.
A Shiatsu treatment at Tenchi always contains comprises Reiki to a greater or lesser extent. That is why I also use the term Reikiatsu (combination of Reiki and Shiatsu) for the treatments I offer.
The heart of Shiatsu is like a mother’s love. Pressing the human body, stimulates the source of life. ~ Tokujiro Namikoshi
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Energetic treatments are not a replacement for doctor’s or medical specialist’s treatments, but they do provide meaningful support. When in doubt, always consult a doctor or medical specialist.