Shiatsu has its roots in the Chinese healing systems. It was later adopted and developed by the Japanese after the introduction of Chen (Zen) Buddhism, aspects of Chinese philosophy and culture, and Chinese medicine into Japan in the Sixth Century. It incorporates a meditative approach to the healing process where the practitioner, through experience and with the proper training cultivates sensitivity to the movement of Ki by increasing his/her listening skill.
Zen Shiatsu bodywork is used to treat chronic ailments as well as promoting health, wellbeing and the ability to fight off illness. Treatment consists of two main tools, sedation and tonification of the meridians and points. With sedation the object is to prepare the Ki for movement, and this is done through a series of joint rotations, stretches, rubbing and palming. tonification is the attraction of the mobilised Ki by using pressure on the meridians and points (tsubos), with this pressure being applied using the thumbs, fingers, elbows and the knees. Shiatsu therapy is usually given at floor level on a futon. Unlike some other forms of body therapy, Shiatsu is carried out with the client fully clothed and without the application of oils, etc.
Treatment for Tinnitus – Complementary Treatment Options
There are a number of natural and holistic methods used in the treatment for tinnitus.
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 is applied by lightly 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.
Shiatsu can also, through its ability to help the receiver to relax, produce positive effects in tinnitus related ailments such as:
• Vulnerability to stress
• Improvement of sleep patterns and alleviation of sleep disorders
• Alleviation of any accompanying symptoms
Allopathic Treatment Options
Any underlying disorder is treated, if possible. Many sufferers make use of
radio, television, headphones, etc to block out the noise in their ears. The use of headphones to play white noise (a random mixture of sounds) is often found to be effective.