Heals the cause
Improves body condition
It works on deep layers
Although often referred to as massage, Shiatsu is a specific form of bodywork based on traditional Chinese medicine and philosophy, and enhanced by Western knowledge of modern anatomy, physiology, and psychology. In Japan, Shiatsu is an adjunct to medical discipline in 1952, and because of its effectiveness, has become an appreciated alternative method. The primary goal of shiatsu treatment is to promote health and prevent disease.
How does Shiatsu treatment work?
Traditional Chinese medicine, including Shiatsu, is based on the fundamental premise that we all possess the life energy that forms our physical, emotional, and psychological structure.
The flow of this energy can be disturbed by external trauma (injury), other environmental elements (cold, moisture, heat, microorganisms) or internal emotional factors (anger, anxiety, fear, tension).
In addition to these causes, lifestyle is also influencing the state of energy, especially inadequate diet, and lack of sleep and exercise.
The essence of Shiatsu is touch - pressure. Tools that shiatsu practitioner uses to energize vital energy and allow free movement in the body are the pressure of the fingers and palms at certain zones and points of the body, stretching and rotation of the limbs and joints, corrective operations on the musculoskeletal structure, stretching the muscles and fascia (delicate connective tissue).
What problems does Shiatsu help?
As addition to resting and relaxing the tired body, this method harmonizes the nervous system, stimulates blood flow, respiratory organs, and has a beneficial effect on the musculoskeletal system as a entity.
By affecting the production of hormones, it also has a positive effect on the digestive and reproductive systems, eliminates the effects of stress, reduces pain, improves mental, physical and sexual functions, and stabilizes general health.
The most significant potential of Shiatsu is in prevention, but its curative characteristics are undeniable (application in conditions where specific symptoms already exist).
Initially, you will talk to your therapist about the reason for your arrival, which will include a diagnosis based on your existing symptoms and an energy evaluation. Then you need to lie down and enjoy, as it follows work on the body and energy channels.
In the end, the therapist (if he sees fit) will give you some advice on further work, exercise, or nutrition that may help.
We do shiatsu treatment on the floor mat. During the procedure, you remain fully clothed, lying down or sitting (work on wheelchairs is possible).
The treatment itself lasts about 45 minutes - with an introductory interview and a final consultation-about an hour. It is advisable to wear light and warm cotton clothes and not to eat large meals 2 - 3 hours before treatment, for the most comfortable procedure.
There are certain conditions that the shiatsu practitioner should be alerted to adjust the treatment;
- pregnancy - we do not use dynamic techniques in pregnancy and do not treat specific areas of the body
- osteoporosis - adjustment of pressure is required
- contusions, inflamed skin, wounds, sores, hernias, bone fractures, or other injuries somewhere on the body - they can be overlooked under clothing.
The essential feature of shiatsu treatment is the complete commitment of the therapist to the client and careful monitoring of his or her reactions to the procedure, to provide support.
- does not dwell on recognizing symptoms but treating the cause
- Has a profound relaxation effect known as the alpha state
- develops an awareness of one’s body - frees from blockages that a person may not even be aware of, so the overall condition of the body is automatically improved
- acting on the surface of the body also affects the deep layers and deepest structures (through working on the meridians)