Shiatsu is a massage technique originating in Japan, which works particularly with the application of pressure - mainly using the thumbs - on certain points of the body. Similarly to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Traditional Japanese Medicine, the pressure points used in Shiatsu are also situated on meridians, which are considered to channel and dictate energy flow throughout the body.
According to Eastern Medicine, the occurrence of health complications is closely related to disturbances with the energy flow of the body and treating the meridian system is a way to enable rebalancing.
"The body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care" - Buddha
Every organ in the human body corresponds to each meridian. Thus, Shiatsu massages, through the application of pressure, aim to restore the normal flow of energy. Using the same pressure points as acupuncture, Shiatsu is therefore an ideal alternative for those who have an aversion to needles.
Shiatsu massages are used successfully in the treatment of some of the most common pathologies of today, such as:
- Depression, anxiety and stress
- Sciatic pain
- Lower back pain
- Dorsalgia: A type of back pain located between the lower (lumbar) and cervical (upper) regions.It’s origin can be postural or metabolic and it is characterised by limiting movement.
- Digestive Problems: Shiatsu can help resolve digestive problems such as heartburn, gastritis and aerophagia .