Shiatsu, the 5 Elements & the Meridians

Updated: Jun 16

The 5 elements According to Chinese 5 Element Theory every aspect of existence goes through this cycle, water, fire, earth, metal, wood. These describe states of mind as well as physical states and are also found in nature. In Japanese Shinto belief, God exists everywhere – in the mountains, rocks, rivers, trees, birds, animals and people. Planting the seed in Spring, contracting and letting go in Autumn, and in Winter healing the kidney’s, bladder and nervous system until in Summer we open our hearts ready to flourish again the following Spring. The seasons have a cycle and so do we.


In Japanese Shiatsu healing protocol the human body has an added multidimensional energetic subtle body system, highly detectible by a trained therapist, whether by acupuncture or acupressure or kinesiology. This energy body is comprised of Tantien energy centres and Meridian channels. There are fourteen main energy pathways (known as meridians) in the human body. However there are quite a few more deeper meridians.


Each meridian transports the vital energy of our organs to the rest of the body in order to maintain physical, mental and emotional balance. Each Meridian is paired with another. Bladder Meridian is paired with Kidney Meridian. And each Meridian pair is associated with our internal organs. And each of these organs is associated with a Season.