What is Shiatsu
Shiatsu means finger pressure. It is a blend of Chinese and Japanese healing arts. The Orientals have discovered that our bodies are surrounded by 12 meridian lines. They also discovered that upon these lines were points of energy, we know them as acupuncture points. Shiatsu can be traced back to 4000 BC. It has replaced the use of needles. Needles are very invasive and can be very painful when correctly stimulated. Finger pressure can also be painful. This pain is what we call a doing pain! It stimulates the body's own pain receptors.
When we have pain in and around our body, our body will respond to the stimulation. I see it as you knocking on the door of your body, and your body responds by answering the call. Now a practitioner will use fingers, thumbs, elbows and knees to stimulate the energy points. The meridian lines pass through the organs of our bodies and back out again on the surface of our skin. So when we suffer with an organ imbalance we can actually work on the organs of the body without surgery or drugs. There is always a cause to the problems that we suffer within our body. A Shiatsu practitioner will determine the cause of any problem and use acupressure points, dietary needs, and using The Five Element Theory try to re-establish balance once again.
SHIATSU WORKS TO FIND THE CAUSE OF A DIS-EASE, whereas the modern medicine WORKS ON THE SYMPTOM! You will never cure any problem by just working on the symptom! Common sense proves this.
A Shiatsu treatment also incorporates stretching techniques. We stretch the limbs and torso to encourage energy flow to these areas. Meridian lines are also stretched to stimulate energy to the organs. If you practice yoga, you are applying the techniques used by a Shiatsu practitioner. It is more powerful and effective to have someone do the stretching for you. Our muscle groups become flaccid through lack of use. If you don't use it you lose it!
The Chinese also believe that we are made up of five elements, and that these elements have a controlling factor in maintaining a balance in our lives. These elements are: Earth, Wood, Water, Fire and Metal. By looking at the person we can detect what elements are out of balance. Then using Shiatsu techniques and dietary needs we can restore balance again. If you want to find out more on this subject, it is called The Five Element Theory.