Shiatsu  is  a  traditional  Japanese  therapy  that  is  based  on  the  application  of  localized  pressure  by  the action of the   fingers  and palms of the therapist on  the patient,  Shi means  finger  and  Atsu  means  pressure.  There  are  two  main  Shiatsu  schools:  one  based on Western anatomical and physiological theory and the other based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Chinese medicine came to Japan over a thousand  years  ago,  around  the  sixth century and thereafter  he  occupied  a  central  place  in  Japanese  culture.  There  are  several  ancient  Chinese  texts,  including  the  I-Ching  or  "Book of Changes"  where the  theory of  Yin-Yang and the Five Elements are reflected. The Nei-Jing, is  divided  into  two  parts:  the  Su-Wen,  dealing   with  physiology,  pathology,  etiology,  hygiene,  etc.,  and   Ling-Chou, which studies the principle  of  meridians  and  physical  therapies. These  papers  were  the  foundation  of  the  oriental therapeutic practice that  focused on four  areas:  acupuncture,  moxibustion,  herbal   medicine  and  massage  therapy. Tokujiro Namakoshi  founded  the  Japan  Shiatsu  College  in  1940  and  organized a form of shiatsu therapy based on Western anatomy and physiology. Shiatsu is regulated  as  a  medical  therapy in Japan by  the  Ministry  of  Health  and  Welfare,  and  elsewhere  by various supervisory bodies established by professionals who practice  shiatsu.  Shiatsu  is  evolving  and  its  various styles incorporate (to differing degrees) aspects of traditional  Japanese  massage, traditional Chinese   medicine,  and    Western   anatomy   and   physiology.


Main therapeutic effects of Shiatsu:


- Removes physical and emotional stress.

- Improves overall body function.

- Balances the nervous system.

- Improves and eliminates spinal problems.

- Relieves joint ailments.

- Increases vitality.

- Balances breathing capacity.

- Produces a deep relaxation.

Main indications of Shiatsu:


. Backache

. Migraine

. Whiplash injuries and neck stiffness

. Limited mobility

. Knee Pain

. Sports Injuries

. Menstrual pain

                                                                                              . Digestive problems

                                                                                              . Symptoms of asthma

                                                                                              . Clinical depression

                    . Insomnia

                    . Stress




"Receiving shiatsu regularly prevents the accumulation or stress and toxins that can trigger the onset of organ dysfunction"