Shiatsu is a Japanese form of massage and literally means “pressure through the fingers”. Shiatsu is based on the Chinese view that health is supported by a free flow of life energy (ki) in the meridians. Complaints arise when the balance in energy is disturbed or stagnates. The approach to the complaint takes into account the entire physical body, mental health, emotions and living conditions.
The benefits of Shiatsu
Shiatsu appeals to the ki in the body through directional pressure, light manipulations and stretching. By restoring the energy balance, the self-healing ability is supported, body awareness is increased and deep rest is created.
Shiatsu therapy is beneficial for:
- Pain complaints (such as headache, migraine and back pain),
- Stress and tension complaints
- Sleeping problems
- Fatigue, stress, burnout
- Digestive complaints
- Joint complaints
- Shoulder-, neck and back problems (CANS/RSI)
- Menstrual pain
- Menopausal complaints
- Mental and emotional imbalance
The Zen of Zen Shiatsu refers to a style within the Shiatsu tradition developed by Shizuto Masunaga. Masunaga combined techniques from traditional Japanese massage with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Western medical knowledge.
In addition, zen shiatsu is distinguished by the importance of an inner quality, the presence of the therapist in full attention.
The shiatsu treatment
Shiatsu is given on a futon on the floor. Pillows and blankets are provided for comfort. The treatment is given on a clothed body, so it is nice if you wear clean and preferably loose cotton clothing and warm socks during the treatment.