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 a Healing Art young by name, Shiatsu has its roots in very old traditions and teachings, such as Daoist, Zen and Shinto philosphy, the subtle but deep-reaching massage and palpitation techniques of Japanese Anma and the profound knowledge of ancient Chinese Medicine.
In the last two 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. >>> Although many Shiatsu practitioners use classical acupuncture points in their treatments, to simply equate all Shiatsu therapy with Acupressure or define it as “a modern outgrowth“ of Acupressure is incorrect, and particularly so in the case of Zen Shiatsu.
Shiatsu is an amazing way to explore the ceaseless weaving of the intricate patterns that represent what we call “our life”. While based on the intricate diagnostic system of Chinese Medicine, treatments in the Zen Shiatsu tradition are intuitive and meditative in so far as they are an ongoing process of exchange, of resonance, of revealing and receiving information about the state of the clients energy and its movements. Read more >>>
In Shiatsu, receiving and giving, studying and teaching - is all ONE flow of experiencing wholeness and healing from within – engaging with ease with ourselves, the environment and in our relationship with others.