This can be especially
useful for postural problems, musculo-skeletel problems and any
stress related illnesses, including emotional problems. Shiatsu
is a form of bodywork that has its origins in Traditional Chinese
Medicine and the historical techniques of Japan. Modern Shiatsu
is based on these oriental traditions, (which go back several
thousand years) drawn together with ideas and knowledge from modern
disciplines such as physiotherapy and psychology. These different
disciplines were drawn together this century, mainly by the work
of Shizotu Masunaga, to form what is now referred as Zen Shiatsu.
The focus of the Zen Shiatsu practitioner is to work with a client
in the “here and now”, both giver and receiver having
an “active” involvement in what should become a meditative
and intuitive process.
The term Shiatsu literally
means “finger pressure” and as such only just begins
to describe the work of the practitioner. In reality, various
parts of the giver’s body (fingers, thumbs, palms, forearms,
even feet and knees) are used to apply pressure to the receiver’s
body. This can be targeted at general areas or specific points
– often the same points used in acupuncture.
These techniques used
in conjunction with stretches, joint rotations and join manipulation
give an “all-over” treatment which aims at treating
the receiver on an holistic level – working with the body,
mind and spirit by contacting the receiver’s internal energy
is as an integral part of the treatment.
A typical treatment
will last about 45 minutes to an hour, fully clothes usually with
the receiver lying or sitting on a cushion on the ground.