What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu, Japanese ‘finger pressure’ therapy is a natural healing discipline springing from the same ancient Oriental principles as Acupuncture.

Like Acupuncture, Shiatsu works by stimulating the body’s vital energy flow (known as ‘Ki’ in Japanese) in order to promote good health. However, in Shiatsu, the practitioner uses thumbs and fingers, elbows and even knees and feet to apply pressure and stretching to the energy lines, known as meridians.

Physically, Shiatsu practitioners believe that this has the effect of stimulating the circulation and fluids, and seems to have an effect on both divisions of the autonomic nervous system.

On a more subtle level clients report a sense of deep relaxation, being more in touch with their own body’s healing abilities, and a feeling of calm and well-being.

Recent research focused on why people try Shiatsu and come back for regular treatments. The main reasons and benefits stated were for stress reduction; back, neck and joint pain; and sports injuries.

The evidence for Shiatsu: A systematic review of Shiatsu and acupressure