Shiatsu is a highly effective and enjoyable healing art that works with the body’s energy channels or “meridians”. Harmonising this energy promotes better health and strengthens the body’s own self-healing abilities.
A recent cross-European study carried out by the European Shiatsu Federation and Leeds University found that 85-89% of receivers felt that shiatsu had effectively treated their symptoms – particularly muscle & joint pain and stiffness, stress and tension, fatigue and insomnia.
Deeply relaxing and energising, the same study found that 94% of receivers felt calmer and more relaxed after (read the BioMed Central article on this study).
Literally meaning “finger pressure” Shiatsu involves applying pressure with thumbs, hands and sometimes elbows, knees and feet. The amount of pressure varies enormously - from gentle palm healing to very deep and stimulating - according to the needs of the individual. Simple stretches and light manipulation may be used.
Shiatsu is officially recognised in Japan and is one of the fastest growing therapies in the UK. Shiatsu is holistic and comprehensive and can be used in conjunction with other therapies and orthodox medicine.
Complaints Shiatsu works well for are :
- Migraine and headaches
- Stress and tension
- Back pain and stiffness
- Neck and shoulder problems
- Menstrual and digestive disorders
- Anxiety and depression.
It is also effective during pregnancy to strengthen, relax and balance. Treatments may also be used to encourage breech babies to turn and to promote labour.
A groundbreaking study at Britain’s biggest NHS trust has found Shiatsu reduces pain, anxiety and stress for people with cancer. Patients at Barts Health NHS Trust in London also reported improved sleep, confidence and a greater sense of wellbeing.
Many people use shiatsu preventatively to maintain over-all health and well-being, and to live life to the full.
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To learn more about Shiatsu, training, standards and research, please contact the Shiatsu Society UK.