As with most Eastern disciplines Shiatsu (a Japanese bodywork based on Traditional Chinese Medicine) recognises there is no separation between the mind and the body in treatment and also diagnosis. These traditional techniques of balancing the energy in the meridians that flow along the body, acupressure and ampuku (Japanese stomach massage) are directly related to treatment of the person as a whole.
Alongside these traditional aspects of Shiatsu, embedded in the TCM and Zen schools, I was introduced to the evolution of Shiatsu pioneered by Saul Goodman during my training and subsequent workshops. Using fascia, muscle and structure to directly influence the most fundamental meridians along the spine, and stomach area to allow correction of physical restrictions and postural imbalances which in turn directly assist emotional and psychological balance.
Shiatsu is given through clothes on a padded futon on the floor and can help with the following:
· Postural assessment and muscular correction
· Muscular injuries and prevention
· Sleeping problems