«restoring wholeness to the fragmented body mind»
“Shiatsu means to harmonise the body and mind by using the infinite healing power which is residing in each of us.” (Shizuto Masunaga)
What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu stands for finger (shi) pressure (atsu) in Japanese. It developed from traditional Asian healing techniques such as Do-in, Anma and Ankyo. Do-in is a self massage which includes breathing techniques for calming the mind, together with meditation exercises just like in Zen or Yoga (introduced in the west mainly by the teachings of Michio Kushi), while Ankyo and Anma resemble western massage and body manipulation techniques. Shiatsu itself started in the early part of the 20th century, following publications by Tamai Tempaku.
The aim of Shiatsu is to support the body’s own healing capacities by connecting to the energy flow in the meridians, which are invisible energy pathways connecting all parts of the body as well as the body and the universe. Meridian theory is based on the over 2500 year old findings of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).