Shiatsu is a form of therapeutic bodywork from Japan that is also based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It uses kneading, pressing, soothing, tapping, and stretching techniques and is performed without oils through light, comfortable clothing.
One of the fundamental concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is Qi (pronounced “chee”). This is the vital energy in our body that underlies all functioning. Qi flows in specific pathways called meridians. The Shiatsu therapist accesses the Qi through points along the meridians called Vital Points. Health is present when there is abundant Qi in the meridians and the flow is unobstructed. When the Qi becomes deficient or out of balance, or the flow is obstructed, symptoms arise. Shiatsu works to improve overall health by affecting the internal energy system.
Therapy often results in increased range of motion and improved coordination. Used as either a primary or complementary therapy, Shiatsu combines assisted-stretching techniques and acupressure to restore muscle and bone structure.