Shiatsu is a Japanese therapy that literally translated means ‘finger pressure’ and is based on acupuncture. According to the Shiatsu Society, it amplifies the body’s own ability to heal itself.
Like acupuncture, Shiatsu works on pressure points located along the energy channels. Instead of needles, a Shiatsu practitioner uses their thumbs, fingers, palms, and sometimes elbows, knees and feet. Additionally, stretching and mobilisation techniques are used to promote energy flow, improving circulation, flexibility and helping to correct poor posture.
In addition to Shiatsu being a deeply relaxing experience and relieving stress, it can treat pain and illness and contributes to a patient's overall health and wellbeing. A Shiatsu practitioner combines a finely tuned intuition, understanding of oriental medicine, posture and breathing when giving treatment.