Shiatsu is a popular massage technique taught and used all over the world. Shiatsu therapy is based historically on Classical Oriental Medical systems and Japanese Self-Massage techniques called Anma Massage.
Developed in the beginning of the 20th century, Shiatsu was officially recognized as a medical therapy by the Japanese government in 1964.
In Zen Shiatsu, the specific style Harren practices, the Chinese Medicine meridian system is utilized to assess and treat many different conditions. Using acupressure points, stretches and rotations, the shiatsu therapist stimulates or calms the client’s Ki (pronounced ‘key’), the subtle energy of the body, causing it to flow correctly and relieve symptoms. Special attention is paid to acupuncture points, which the client will often feel as trigger points. The pressure on these points is therapeutic and the pain or discomfort a client may feel is an indicator that the body is healing. Stretching and joint rotation release is also an integral part of Shiatsu treatment.
Shiatsu is recommended to help preserve overall health and well-being and to treat acute and chronic conditions. It is effective at treating musculoskeletal conditions such as muscle fatigue, neck pain, bursitis, tendonitis, sciatica, joint and back pain. Shiatsu also treats many other conditions like insomnia, headaches, digestive problems, menstrual dysfunction, anxiety and depression. Healing is achieved by calming the body and stimulating the function of the parasympathetic (calming) nervous system.
Treatment can be conducted on a massage chair or plinth (massage table), and clients are encouraged to wear loose, comfortable clothing. No oils or lotions are used during Shiatsu massage treatment. In order to experience the best results with Shiatsu, the client is encouraged to receive regular treatment in order to avoid illness before it occurs.
You may factor massage services into your healthcare insurance spending budget:
$500/year = 12 x 30-minute treatments
$300/year = 12 x 15-minute treatments