What is Shiatsu

Shiatsu is an amazing way to explore the ceaseless weaving of the intricate patterns that represent what we call “our life”. 

The word Shiatsu is Japanese for “finger pressure”, indicating that touch is used to influence life energy (Qi)  instead of needles – as is the case in acupuncture.

As a therapeutic system, Shiatsu was established in post-war Japan from where it moved to the West. Although many Shiatsu practitioners use classical acupuncture points in their treatments, to simply equate Shiatsu therapy with Acupressure or define it as a modern outgrowth of Acupressure  is incorrect.

Shiatsu has its own roots in very old traditions and teachings, such as Daoist, Zen and Shinto philosphy, the subtle but deep-reaching   massage and palpation techniques of Japanese Anma and the profound knowledge of ancient Chinese Medicine.

In the last three decades Shiatsu has become increasingly popular, with a variety of different styles developing along the way that are now practised and taught all over the world. The style I practise and teach is called Zen Shiatsu and was originally developed by Shizuto Masunaga.

Treatments in the Zen Shiatsu tradition are intuitive and meditative.

Both, giver and receiver engage in a subtle, wordless conversation of resonance in a shared energy field. This mutual process of perceiving and receiving reveals information about the state of the Mind-Body energy field and its movements, guides the giver’s touch and helps the receiver to deepen their awareness, thus facilitating healing from within.