What is Shiatsu?

Joy Taylor Practices Shiatsu in Sheffield UK.

Shiatsu is a form of Japanese restorative massage developed in Japan, containing spread worldwide. The 1915 Japanese book, Shiatsu Rycho compiled by Tenpaku Tamai has become the first written mention of the modern Shiatsu. However, Tokujiro Namikoshi’s (1905-2000) followers consider him to become the founder of Shiatsu.

Shiatsu regulates your nerves and promotes healing by stimulating chemical responses within you. The therapeutic effect comes from the belief that Shiatsu triggers the making of hormones and the body chemicals essential to heal, to soothe, also to make your body-mind perform optimally.

Shiatsu have been given official recognition by the EU Parliament also. It is one kind of eight non-conventional, complementary medicine disciplines mentioned within the Collins Report, which was adopted through the European Parliament in May 1997 (see references).

There are 838 basic shiatsu pressure points, called Atten in Japanese. These points are available about the muscles, nerves, arteries and, lymph vessels, bones, and endocrine glands. As the therapy progresses, the therapist senses the condition of our bodies, and applies suitable varieties of pressure. The cornerstone rule is, tighter the muscles are, the lighter pressure. Because muscles relax, pressure becomes deeper but it is always firm and steady. Knuckles, fists, elbows, and knees are never used during a Namikoshi Shiatsu Treatment while they lack the required sensitivity.

Note:The knowledge in this article is good for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice.

If you have medical problems get hold of your doctor first.