Shiatsu is a unique style of Asian bodywork; it was developed in Japan but is deeply rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In Chinese medicine there are meridians (channels) that run throughout the body. "Qi" is the life force or energy that flows within these channels. We become sick or distressed when the flow of Qi stagnates or becomes disrupted. The purpose of Shiatsu is to remove blockages to this natural movement of Qi and to balance its flow throughout the mind and body. The Shiatsu practitioner will apply pressure along the meridians and acupuncture points suited to the client's needs in order to promote the flow of energy. The practitioner will also guide the client through individualized stretching, as deep or as light as the client feels is comfortable in order to assist each person in their own healing process. Shiatsu is also known to significantly reduce stress and calm the spirit. Clients typically report feeling deeply relaxed with a sense of well-being following a treatment.
Shiatsu can be used to help alleviate the following symptoms: