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Shiatsu is a traditional form of Japanese massage that evolved in China and has its roots in oriental medicine. During this last century, shiatsu in Japan refined into a very efficient tool to your energy into balance.
Shiatsu uses the same principles as other traditional Chinese medical systems – understanding yin and yang and the Five Elements, ki-energy and understanding of oriental diagnosis. Shiatsu brings this body of knowledge together in a practical, earthy and intuitive form of massage is increasingly popular in recent years.
The aim of shiatsu is to restore harmony and balance the chi of the recipient. An experienced shiatsu therapist is able to determine what the client needs to him / her back a sense of harmony and wellbeing to give the treatment. Whether we experienced shiatsu therapists or not, we all know how well a touch a soothing as a stimulant effect on our ki (vital energy). Whether we hold someone who is sad to comfort him, a sore on our body touch or a colleague on the back knocking him to congratulate his success, these are all intuitive and spontaneous use of touch.
A balancing act
A therapist learns, as an acupuncturist, that many different causes of ki-imbalance can be. Imbalance can be caused by external factors – such as changes in climate or weather – or internal factors such as emotional turmoil by grief, anger, anxiety and so on. Other factors may include the lifestyle of the client, the amount of stress in his life, what he eats and the level of physical activity or lack thereof. The client to question and some traditional forms of oriental diagnosis using the shiatsu therapist assess the condition of the client more yin or yang, which element support or leisure needs, which organs need support and that meridians of the body require attention .
A shiatsu treatment usually lasts one hour, and unlike other forms of massage, you do not have to undress. Your tends to wear light, loose cotton clothing. You is not on a special massage table but on a comfortable mattress (futon), mostly on the ground.
Shiatsu has many different approaches, styles and schools. In general, a shiatsu treatment begins with loosening and stretching of limbs, palm, elbow or even a slight pressure of the foot of the therapist, for example, your back to loosen. This is often followed by more specific work where the therapist focuses on tsubos or points, which the thumb of the therapist can be activated or released. Usually, there are a lot of attention to what the Japanese call the hara – our gut, the area around the navel. This is the central part of your body. Release tension in this region is essential for good chi flow to the periphery – the arms, legs, skin, head and neck.
Following a Shiatsu treatment you often feel relaxed, centered and at ease. Even if you have certain parts of the procedure is a tad uncomfortable, then you do afterwards in any event aware of what you can do to bring harmony and balance to maintain. A therapist usually gives you advice on diet, lifestyle or exercise to allow you to take more responsibility for your energy in the future to maintain. The effect is not always immediately visible. The changes are made in your energy, your first couple of hours to give a sense of disharmony rather than harmony. It often happens that after the treatment of certain emotions or pain or discomfort to the surface. Usually follows after a deep, refreshing sleep. You feel great the next day!
I started to study shiatsu in 1976 and by 1979 I taught and treatments. During the last ten years I have had the honor to meet different ki-specialists who have their roots in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Malaysia and they all had one thing in common. They are all practicing some discipline and their own understanding of ki to deepen and enlarge. For one that tai ch’i chuan, for another ch’i kung, kung fu, meditation or other spiritual practice. In essence, she appeared not only strengthen their own inner chi, but they also develop their ability to ki perceive the outside world. Personally, I’ve discovered shiatsu, both giving and receiving, a substantial part of my life that helps me further my ki life to understand. If you feel like with ki work in your life, I recommend you to inform one of the systems I have mentioned, to help you understand ki, observe and apply in a broader context, which will add a new dimension to your perception. Enjoy!