Shiatsu: a traditional Japanese healing
art. The philosophy underlying shiatsu states that vital energy (known
as Ki in Japanese) flows through the body in a series of channels called
For many reasons Ki can stop flowing freely, which
then produces a symptom. A shiatsu practitioner will use a variety of
techniques to improve and balance the flow of vital energy, including
applying pressure with thumbs, fingers, hands, elbows and feet on the
meridians and, where appropriate, more dynamic rotations and stretches.
The treatment, given through loose clothing, can be
deeply relaxing, often producing feelings of well being. Shiatsu is
a holistic therapy, taking into account the physical, psychological
and spiritual elements of the client.