Shiatsu is an energetic balancing technique of the body, widespread in Japan since the 6th century. It has its roots in traditional Chinese forms of manipulation and massage.
Starting from the sixth century Buddhist monks arrived and settled in Japan who favored a wide diffusion of the principles of traditional Chinese medicine and formed the theoretical foundation. After centuries, a law was enacted that officially recognized acupuncture. The same law left the possibility of practicing other forms of unrecognized treatment and this will have a particular relevance in the birth and initial development of the Shiatsu method. It will later be defined as a form of autonomous treatment distinct from other techniques: “shiatsuterapy is a form of manipulation that is exercised with the thumbs, other fingers and palms of the hands without the aid of tools, mechanical or otherwise type. It consists of the pressure on the skin intended to preserve the state of health of the individual in its entirety “.
Shiatsu is based on four pillars:
– The breath
– The posture
– The perpendicularity
– The pressure
Manual technique based mainly on the pressures brought with the thumbs, fingers, palms of the hands, elbows, knees or feet. Effective pressure is characterized by five factors that must always be present:
– Use of the right work tool
– A correct position of the operator
– Proper individualization of the area on which to operate
– Three phases at the reigns: entry, stasis, exit
This allows, by contacting his deepest energy level and therefore all aspects of his reality, to awaken his self-healing strength in the recipient. In traditional Chinese medicine, psyche and soma have never been divided and this represents one of the fundamental differences with Western medicine.
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