Shiatsu means “finger pressure”, and is a Japanese form of bodywork consisting of fingers/ palm pressures, stretches, breathing, rotating and other massage techniques. Its first goal is to reinforce your immune system but can be used in the treatment of a wide range of conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches, digestive disturbances, menstrual dysfunction, back pain, neck/shoulders stiffness, swollen joints, sinus congestion, poor circulation, asthma and numerous of other ailments.
The practitioner of shiatsu not only focuses on the symptoms but also addresses the source of the body’s imbalance. This holistic approach helps keep a person physically, emotionally, and mentally well.
Other techniques I can combine with shiatsu:
Moxa: it is used to bring heat to specific points of acupuncture. This is done by using dried leaves and mugwort (soft wool), then a lit cigar approaches the points of acupuncture to stimulate it.
Compression with ginger: we place a cloth soaked in water and ginger; this stimulates the body and evacuated the toxins.
In 1954, Shiatsu was officially recognized by the Japanese Ministry of Health as a part of medical practice.
In 1997, Shiatsu has been recognized as one of the 10 complementary medicines to be most beneficial by the European Union.
In February 2011, Shiatsu has been recognized by the Ministère des classes moyennes (Ministry of the middle classes), and is a listed profession.