Yin-Yang Theory & Shiatsu

SHIATSU 指圧 (Finger Pressure / Acupressure / "Acupuncture Without Needles")

Shiatsu encourages health and healing through treatment of the energy channels (meridians). An average session includes applying finger pressure to pressure points (tsubo); along with applying pressure along the meridians with the palms, stretching, and other techniques aimed at encouraging the flow of vital energy (chi). Sessions take place on a futon (mat) with clients in loose, comfortable clothing. Shiatsu is a form of bodywork from Japanese tradition that is largely based on Chinese meridian theory. In Japanese “shiatsu” means “finger pressure”, which could be translated as “acupressure”. (Acupuncture treats with needles. Acupressure treats with thumb and finger pressure.) It is a combination of the essentially human act of healing with the hands, Japanese folk healing, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. At its most basic level, shiatsu is the use of finger pressure to treat ailments and promote well-being. Shiatsu is similar to massage in that it aims to ease pain and tension while increasing circulation of blood and lymph. Additionally,