What is Shiatsu?

Force of Life

Shiatsu is a Japanese healing art rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Shiatsu combines TCM with methods similar to acupuncture, without needles. This could include pressing, shaking, rotating, stretching, grasping, pulling etc.

A Zen shiatsu therapist uses their thumbs, fingers, palms, elbows, feet, and knees to apply both broad and pinpoint pressure or passive stretching. By working on the body’s energy lines or meridians, the recipient feels freer, lighter and balanced.

Yin and Yang

Yin/Yang represents the ancient Chinese understanding of the universe. The outer circle represents “everything”, while the shapes symbolize “yin” (dark) and “yang” (light), the two energies which underlie life. Not completely black or white, just like life, they cannot exist without each other. Within the yang, there is a seed of yin and similarly within the yin, a seed of yang.

While “yin” embodies dark, quiet, downward, cool, contracting, and vulnerable, “yang” denotes bright, active, upward, hot, expanding, and strong. Their shapes characterize the continual movement of life, yin to yang and yang to yin. Just as water expands and contracts, and weather changes from hot to cold, health requires balance and flow of yin and yang, into and out of each other. Shiatsu removes any blockages for improved health and well-being.

Energy Massage
The demands of daily life can create discomfort and illness. Tension, nutrition and toxicity contribute to poor health by effecting chi, or your flowing, moving life force.

Traditionally, therapies like shiatsu support balance and restore life force for everyday living and times of crises. The basic tenets of shiatsu, “meridians” and “chi”, are used in ancient healing practices worldwide.