Shiatsu is a therapy originating in Japan and a descendant of the Chinese tradition. Practiced since the early 20th century, when Tokujiro Namikoski developed a pressure technique with the use of his thumbs and palms to treat the rheumatoid arthritis that his mother suffered.
It is based on getting the proper channeling of vital energy by applying pressure to certain key point of our body. This energy is channeled through the meridians.
Shiatsu is also related to other Eastern practices such as Tai Chi or yoga. All of them are trying to get us to keep the body in a correct position and to make both our movements and our breath in a conscientious and accurate manner.
With this in mind, if you apply some pressure on the meridians through the palms and fingers of the hands, especially the thumbs, you can redirect and improve circulation of energy and, therefore, our health.
There are different types of Shiatsu:
- Classic : Known as Original Shiatsu. It consists of pressure with thumbs on a series of reflex points that are determined by the own physiology of the nervous system, regardless of the theory of meridians.
- Zen or Keirak: Founded by master Masunaga, uses not only thumbs and hands for their practice, but also elbows and knees. In this case, this type of shiatsu works with the whole body and focuses on the theory of meridians to regulate, the shortcomings of energy (Kyo), the excess of energy (Jitsu). To achieve this, two techniques are used, to support (ho) and to disperse (sha) energy.
- Tao Shiats: It is considered as an evolution of the previous type and is aimed at treating patients with chronic problems.
It improves the general condition of our body through relaxation and helps us release tensions by reducing the levels of stress. Try this therapy in our Center.