Shiatsu literally means ‘finger pressure’ and uses a variety of techniques to focus on acupuncture points and meridians. The aim is to improve energetic balance, circulation and flexibility. Shiatsu is a form of physical manipulation and encourages the growth of not only the body, but also the growth of the mind and spirit as well.
The principle behind shiatsu is related to the energy flow, known as Ki or Qi (pronounced chee), through your body. According to shiatsu therapists, disruption to this energy flow can cause illness and disease. Like acupuncture, shiatsu claims to free blockages to the Ki flow and restore energy to areas where it is low. A shiatsu specialist does this by pressing on or stretching points on your body that lie along the lines of energy called meridian channels.
Shiatsu practitioners believe that the therapy stimulates the circulation of your blood, helps to release toxins and tension from your muscles, and stimulates your hormonal system. This is believed to help the body heal itself.