What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a hands-on therapy with roots in the Traditional Chinese Medicine and further developed in Japan and later in the western world.

The basis of Shiatsu (en. pressure by finger) is the conception of the existence of all species intrinsic channels of vitality throughout the body, the meridians. The vitality circulates through these meridians (Japanese: Ki, Chinese: Qi) throughout the whole body and has a controlling influence on all bodily functions and spirit, and supports well-being. A disturbance or disruption of this circulation can result in indisposition, pain and illness.

Shiatsu has the aim to enable and stimulate this flow of vitality. In doing so the self-healing effect will be activated. Accupuncture is following the same concept.

The treatment takes place mostly lying on a futon in comfortable clothing. The treatment will be examined by touching, holding and pressing on the meridians with the palm of the hand, the thumb, the elbow and the knee.