What is Shiatsu?

Literally Shiatsu means “finger pressure” (Shi: finger, atsu: pressure), but there is much more behind this word.
Shiatsu is a Japanese bodywork therapy, spread in Japan between the VIII – X century.
This method promotes energy to freely circulate in the body with precise applied pressure techniques, manipulation of energetic points (tsubos), joints movements, stretches and specific exercises matching the client’s needs.

The Shiatsu aim is to reactivate and support the innate body healing energy.
This subtle energy will be initiated into a flow stimulating the energetic channels called meridians, through touch, breathing, stretching, visualization and other techniques.
Thanks to these techniques, the Shiatsu Therapist reactivates this energy and supports the client to keep it alive and nourish it.

Thanks to this experience the client will be more connected with his body and his emotions.
During the session the client will be sensitized to physical sensations, allowing him to recognize certain actions and situations of the daily life which are not welcomed by his/ her body. This phenomenon will cause an inner imbalance.
The causes of an inner imbalance could be brought by a “excess” or “lack” of internal or external pathogens.

The internals, which are expressed by an imbalance, are: repressed anger or eruption of anger, withheld joy or dissipated charisma, overflowing compassion or excessive narcissism, sealed sadness or exemplary perfectionism, everlasting fear or constant strategic attitude.
Within the external pathogen, which can create an inner imbalance, we find: wind, heat, humidity, dryness and cold.

Who can benefit?
Shiatsu is an empirical remedy oriented towards people of all ages (see also Testimonials) who wish to be proactive on the causes of the imbalance and wish to live a healthy life.
Below is a short list of imbalances which can be treated with Shiatsu:
– Tensions
– Stress reduction
– Chronic Pain
– Headache
– Neck or Back pain
– Low Back pain
– During and after Pregnancy
– Preparing for an operation
– Recovery after an operation or a trauma
– Lack of concentration (for example before an exam)
– Support during the life changes to find a new psycho-physical balance (during or after pregnancy, lifestyle changes, etc.)
– Sleep troubles

Shiatsu is not meant to substitute a medical, psychiatric, physiotherapy treatment or other therapies.

How does a session evolve?
A Shiatsu session lasts between 40 to 90 minutes or more.
In order to define an imbalance to be treated, the client talks about his/ her current state. After that, together with the therapist, a topic that needs our attention during the treatment will be chosen.

After the first talk, usually I ask the client if she/ he want to lie down in comfortable clothing on a futon on his/ her back or on his/ her stomach or to sit.
During this central phase of the session, the client will have the chance to enter in contact with her/ his life energy.
This could be the result of state of a deep relaxation, given by the experience of breathing in an energetic spot or simply by the experience of feeling the lightness of a joint movement.

At the end of the session, the client will have some precious moments to incorporate this experience in his/ her body and store it for the everyday life needs.