Frequently Asked Questions About Shiatsu

Q: What is Shiatsu?

A: Shiatsu is a unique, non – invasive physical therapy designed to stimulate the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. Literally translated, Shiatsu means “finger pressure.” The technique involves the systematic application of manual pressure to the body in order to assess and treat variety of conditions. In terms of physiology, Shiatsu treatments have a regulatory influence on the autonomic nervous system, thereby improving organ function and reducing muscle tension.

Shiatsu therapy is a distinctly Japanese and has evolved out of oriental medicine wisdom. It is founded upon the same principles as Acupuncture, although no needles are used. It also incorporates the modern Western sciences of anatomy, physiology and pathology. Shiatsu therapy has been fully incorporated into the modern public healthcare system of Japan, and has been regulated as distinct therapy by the Japanese Ministry of Health since 1964.

Q: What can I expect?

A: Shiatsu Therapist takes a medical history on your first visit. Progress and changes are recorded on each subsequent visit. Since no oils are used, the client may ware loose comfortable clothing, or be covered with sheet. The therapist applies sustained pressure, primarily with thumbs, to selected points on the body. To promote maximum comfort and benefit, the degree of pressure given is always determined by client’s condition.

Shiatsu is deeply relaxing form of therapy and many people are able to drift into sleep during a treatment.

After treatment, most people experience increased range of motion in the joints, and find that deep, restful sleep comes more easily. Small percentage of people feel tired or may temporarily feel minor localized muscle stiffness due to healing process. This is perfectly normal, and will pass in 1 to 3 days.

Q: How often should I have treatments?

A: This depends on your condition. Your therapist will help you to set a program that is suited to your needs