Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork that combines traditional Japanese massage technique with the influence of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Gentle to firm pressure is applied to the body using the palms, thumbs, elbows and even knees along the energy channels that run through the body.
As the practitioner works around the body specific acupressure points can be stimulated to re-balance the organs and their functions. Particular issues can be addressed during treatment such as stiff neck and shoulders, back pain and disorders, digestive complaints, stress/anxiety, muscle and joint pain and much more.
Shiatsu as a therapeutic practice is governed by the Shiatsu Society UK, where all registered practitioners must complete a 3 year course covering Shiatsu, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Physiology and Pathology from a Western Medicine perspective.
Zen Shiatsu is Shiatsu that is more in the moment, combining the sensitivity of experienced touch, knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the creation of space for the client and the practitioner to explore any imbalances that arise and find a way to harmonize the mind, body and spirit.
The founder of Zen Shiatsu, Shizuto Masunaga, can be seen in these videos. He took a traditional Japanese art and brought it into the modern world, adding to it his expertise in psychology as well as extensive experimentation. The Shiatsu College, where I have trained, continues the work that Masunaga set in motion, and research and development of the practice and philosophy of Shiatsu continues today.
All of this is held at a private therapy room within MSK Martial Arts.