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The word Shiatsu has been around since the start of the 1900s and integrates ancient eastern principles with what is known today as western medicine.

The fundamental concept with Shiatsu is the wellbeing of our vital energy that circulates throughout our system harmonizing our need for balance.

This ancient principle is based on the Chinese medical theory that vital energy flows within us through channels that exist in the spaces between the structures of our body. When this energy is disrupted, our channels become blocked, where discomfort and illness usually follows.

Shiatsu massage combines: acupressure points, gentle manipulation and stretching to re-energise weak areas and reduce tension in the body. Shiatsu can affect the functions of our physical systems such as nervous, circulatory and respiratory, thus supporting our body’s innate self-healing abilities while simultaneously promoting our ability to relax.

“In a nutshell, Shiatsu is a combination of pressing, tapping, kneading, soothing, stretching, calming and releasing, that is applied on the body through the clothes and without any use of oils.”

What’s involved in shiatsu massage

Shiatsu usually begins with a conversation to understand where an imbalance is coming from, diagnostic methods like looking at your tongue and gently palpating the abdomen are used to build up a full picture.

The treatment itself is then applied through the clothes on a massage table or comfortable mat on the floor. Ergonomic cushions and a blanket are then added for support and comfort.

Once the treatment is over you will be given some time to lay still and for the treatment to settle in your system before being offered a glass of water as you come back into the day.

History of Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu, as well as Anma originated in Japan. The term Shiatsu was first mentioned in a 1915 book, known as: “The little red book of Shiatsu” but the techniques and understanding shiatsu massage weren’t officially recognised in Japan until many years later.

In 1940 Tokujiro Namikoshi founded the Japan Shiatsu College and systematized a form of Shiatsu massage based on Western anatomy and physiology. In Japan, Namikoshi’s system enjoys special legal status, and is remembered for his devotion to the development of Shiatsu.
His story is told that at age seven, Namikoshi developed a technique of pressing with his thumbs and palms as he tried to nurse his mother who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis.

 

Shizuto Masunaga

Who graduated in psychology from Kyoto University in 1949 and 10 years later graduated from Japan’s Shiatsu College.

He dedicated the rest of his life to Shiatsu and founded the style known as zen Shiatsu, opened his own school at the Iokai Shiatsu Center in Tokyo where he continued teach and write books of theory and practice in Zen Shiatsu.

 

Akinobu Kishi

Akinobu Kishi was an internationally renowned teacher of Japanese Hara practices.
His formal training took place at Tokujiro Namikoshi’s Japan Shiatsu College and at the Iokai Centre in Tokyo with Masunaga Sensei.

In 1971 he travelled to Paris to give Zen Shiatsu treatments and teach at a time when the work was not well known.

At the age of 29, he experienced a profound change in consciousness out of which Sei Ki Soho emerged – a synthesis of all his life’s experience and research.

Together with his wife Kyoko, Kishi taught workshops worldwide for many years and has left a rich legacy behind him.

 

Shiatsu has been practiced professionally in the United Kingdom for over 40 years now, and continues to grow as more and more of us discover how powerful this natural form of massage really is.

If you are interested in alternative healing methods, you may want to check out Shiatsu. It is Japanese massage that is considered highly therapeutic. At its most basic, Shiatsu is a mix of massage and acupressure. However different styles can influence how it is practiced.

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