Shiatsu has a good reputation for reducing stress and relieving nausea and vomiting. Shiatsu is also believed to improve circulation and boost the immune system. Some people use it to treat diarrhoea, indigestion, constipation, and other disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. For menstrual and menopausal problems, chronic pain, migraine, arthritis, and; toothache. Shiatsu can be used to relieve muscular pain or tension, especially neck and back pain. It also appears to have sedative effects and may alleviate insomnia. In a broader sense, shiatsu is believed to enhance physical vitality and emotional well being.
Shiatsu is a Complementary form of therapy that was developed in Japan from a blend of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Japanese massage system of Amna. Shiatsu can also be used as a form of a self-treatment. However, the best benefits are received when treatment is carried out by a fully qualified and experienced practitioner.
It, possibly through its ability to assist the receiver to relax, has the reputation of being able to improve circulation and boost the immune system. Many people now use Shiatsu to help treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion, and other gastrointestinal tract disorders. It is also used to treat chronic pain, arthritis, migraine, tension, anxiety and depression. Sports injuries also react well to Shiatsu treatment and it is excellent when dealing with muscular pain or tension, especially neck and back pain. Shiatsu enhances physical vitality and emotional well being.
Shiatsu is usually given, at floor level, on a flat mat called a futon. It is applied by massaging certain points (acupuncture points), that may be associated with the symptoms or cause of the underlying ailment, using pressure that is applied by the fingers, elbows, or even the knees. The literal translation of Shiatsu is “finger pressure“. Through this stimulation, the flow of energy (ki) is restored and balanced.