Shiatsu is a form
of natural therapy that aims to promote natural health- it is considered
an alternative and natural treatment used to enhance a happy and
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word ‘Shiatsu’ is derived from the
combination of ‘Shi’ meaning finger, and ‘Atsu’
meaning pressure. Shiatsu is the science of applying pressure on
the patient’s body by using the fingers, hands and thumb.
This hands-on therapy has its origin in Japan and is used as a complement
to conventional medicine and also as a preventative or alternative
therapy. Like other branches of alternative medicine, Shiatsu is
also based on the belief that the body has the inherent capacity
for wellness and has an internal balance that ensures good health.
When this balance is disrupted signs and symptoms of sickness develop.
Shiatsupractors treat patients by pressing their thumbs, fingers
and palms on the Shiatsu points or the ‘Tsubo’ points,
as it is called in Japan. The pressure applied jogs the body’s
natural healing ability. This has two benefits; firstly the progression
of the disease is arrested, and secondly, the affected parts begin
are required to have a thorough understanding of the body’s
Anatomy and Physiology. The ‘Tsubo’ points are key points
that help to treat all body systems ranging from the skeletal and
the muscular to the nervous and the digestive systems. These points
are applicable only to Shiatsu and have no bearing on the ancient
Chinese techniques of Acupuncture or Acutouch.
Through Shiatsu the doctor follows what is popularly called a ‘Diagnosis
and therapy combined’ system. The Shiatsupractor has fingers
and thumbs that are sensitive enough to detect irregularities in
the skin, muscles or body temperature, just through contact. Thus
the doctor is able to locate abnormalities and ascertain the progress
of a disease. Therapy begins at the time of diagnosis itself.
much pressure is to be applied and which spots are to be treated
depend on the disease and its severity. Shiatsupractors do not use
the knees, knuckles, feet or elbows because these areas lack the
sensitivity of the palm and the fingers. Typically, pressure is
applied to more than a few points on the patient’s body. The
purpose here is two-fold: to release the blocked energy (‘Ki’
in Japanese) and to bring energy back to areas that are depleted
and hence re-vitalizing these areas. As a part of their treatment,
Shiatsupractors may also manipulate the soft tissue and perform
passive and active stretching exercises.
The benefits of Shiatsu in reducing muscular tension, pain and
in de-stressing patients have been recognized widely. Scientifically
speaking, Shiatsu is an excellent pain reliever. Research has shown
that applying pressure to certain points can release the ‘feel
good’ hormones or endorphins. These are natural pain-killers.
Shiatsu also helps alleviate stress by reducing the production of
adrenalin. Thus it has a calming effect on the body.
modern times, the positive effects of Shiatsu are not limited to
healing alone. A Shiatsu session is generally very pleasing and
relaxing. It affects different patients in different ways; some
people feel so relaxed that they may fall asleep, others feel invigorated
and some may experience shudders or spasms as tension is released
from the body.
Since Shiatsu is non-invasive, you do not have to fear needles,
pain or medication. The effectiveness of Shiatsu to relieve certain
ailments like neck and back pain, shoulder pain, arthritic pain
has been proven. People suffering from menstrual cramps, headaches,
insomnia and sleep disorders have also reported relief. However,
patients suffering from an open wound or infection, have had a recent
surgery or a recent session of chemotherapy or radiation therapy
should not be treated with Shiatsu.
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