This therapeutic massage enables the body to relax deeply. I apply pressure comfortably with my fingers, palms, elbows and knees along the meridians – the energy pathways of the client’s body. My style is specific in spending most time of the session balancing energy with palms lying still on areas of the client’s body energy maps. This stimulates both the flow of energy and the body’s self-healing processes. If needed, the limbs are also gently stretched to aleviate tensions and blocks. I perform shiatsu while you lie on a futon on the floor. No oils are used and you remain fully clothed.
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. Shiatsu massage’s roots date back to at least the 6th century in Japan. Since 1955 shiatsu has been officially recognised as a medical treatment and regulated by the Japanese Ministry of Health.
The practitioner links points of the body with energy deficiency to those points with energy excess, allowing the body naturally rebalance its energy levels. Success depends on the meditative activity of the practitioner, aimed especially at detecting the body responses to the treatment. By sensitively responding to the unique condition of each client, the practitioner carries out diagnostics and therapy simultaneously.
Balancing the underlying energetic causes of a condition relaxes the body, settles the emotions and calms the mind. The “flight or fight” sympathetic nervous system is soothed as the “rest and digest” parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated along with the innate capacity of the body to heal itself and respond better to stress. It provides physical releif from tension, fatigue, pain and stiffness, while improving circulation and strengthening organ function and muscle tone.