This massage enables the body to relax deeply, stimulating both the spirits and life energy. It balances the life force energy (or “Chi”) and encourages the body’s own natural self-healing processes.
Zen Shiatsu was developed from original traditional Japanese healing method Shiatsu by Shizuto Masunaga – a professor of psychology at Tokyo University. It combines the wisdom of eastern medicine and science of Western physiology and anatomy. Its success depends on the meditative activity of the practitioner, aimed especially at detecting the body responses to the treatment. From the Western point of view, shiatsu works directly to calm the autonomic nervous system, which has the effect of calming nervous distress and increasing resistance to stress.
The Shiatsu practitioner applies pressure with their fingers, palms, elbows and knees along the meridians – the energy pathways of the client’s body. The limbs are also gently stretched. This stimulates both the flow of “Chi” and the body’s self-healing processes. By sensitively responding to the unique condition of each client, the practitioner carries out diagnostics and therapy simultaneously. The practitioner links points of the body with energy deficiency to those points with energy excess, naturally rebalancing energy levels throughout the body.