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Shi: Fingers Atsu: Pressure
When it comes to the therapies that I practice, Zen Shiatsu is the one I feel the closest to. Through many years of practical experience, I have learnt to perceive and deliver Shiatsu as a form of healing art, a subtle energetic interaction between the therapist and the receiver. The practice of Shiatsu uses sensitive touch (Light or deeper depending on the condition) that listens for deficiency and excess in the patient's body. A typical session aims to balance deficiency and excess in the body through pressure, kneading, soothing, gentle stretches and holding whilst encouraging the natural flow of the vital energy that runs through meridian pathways that channel the energy and blood.
Shiatsu is highly beneficial for musculoskeletal conditions and, as stress highly influences our physical and physiological well-being, Shiatsu aims to treat conditions where emotional disturbance or stress are an underlying factor helping with reducing muscle stiffness, stimulating the skin, aiding digestion and influencing the nervous system. Shiatsu also treats a wide range of chronic conditions, such as headaches, PMS, digestive disorders, fatigue, insomnia, fibromyalgia, stress, anxiety, and musculoskeletal pain, including low back, neck, and joint pain.
Depending on the goal of the session, the effect of Shiatsu may be stimulating and invigorating or calming and sedative.