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Shiatsu, the most widely known form of acupressure, 
literally meaning "finger pressure" in Japanese, 
and has been practiced for more than a thousand 
years in Japan. 
Shiatsu uses rhythmic pressure from 3 to 10 seconds on specific points along the body's meridians by 
using the fingers, hands, elbows, knees, and sometimes feet to unblock and stimulate 
the flow of energy. A session my also include gentle stretching and range-of-motions manipulations. 
Shiatsu is used to treat pain and illness, to relax the body, and to maintain general health.
Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on Japanese healing therapy.  It can help in a wide range of conditions - from specific injuries
to more general symptoms of poor health. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular Shiatsu sessions
help to prevent the build up of stress in our daily lives.

The philosophy underlying Shiatsu is that vital energy (known as Ki in Japanese) flows throughout the body in a series of channels called meridians. For many different reasons Ki can stop flowing freely and this then produces a symptom.
Your Shiatsu practitioner will consider your state of health, the symptoms you are experiencing and, depending on your constitution and general energy levels, will use a variety of techniques to improve your energy flow. These may include gentle holding, pressing with palms, thumbs, fingers, elbows, knees and feet on the meridians and, when appropriate, more dynamic rotations and stretches. 
As the quality of Ki changes, the symptoms associated with a lack of flow will gradually improve. Shiatsu is a therapy that works on the individual as a complete being - not just the physical body but also on an emotional and/or mental level.

What to expect in a session
Each session lasts approximately one hour. The first session the Therapist will take a detailed medical history to develop a complete picture of your health. 
The session usually takes place on a padded mat at floor level, although it is possible to receive Shiatsu sitting on a chair if you are unable to lie down, the mat on the floor is preferable to get the greatest benefit. The client may stay fully clothed. Following a treatment, there can be a feeling of increased vitality and you may feel invigorated yet relaxed.

Guidelines for receiving Shiatsu
Please bring or wear loose, comfortable clothing,  
preferably cotton, e.g. sweatshirt, tracksuit trousers 
and cotton socks.
Do not eat heavily in the two hours prior to treatment.
Do not drink alcohol before or after treatment.
After treatment drink plenty of water to smooth the 
flow of changes through the system.
If at all possible avoid strenuous or stressful activities 
after your session.

Common conditions helped by Shiatsu include:
Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on Japanese healing therapy. 
It can help in a wide range of conditions - from specific 
injuries to more general symptoms of poor health. 
Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular 
Shiatsu sessions help to prevent the build up of stress 
in our daily lives.

  • back pain
  • headaches, migraines
  • whiplash and neck stiffness
  • joint pain and reduced mobility                                    
  • digestive problems
  • asthmatic symptoms
  • sports injuries
  • depression

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Meridians or Channels of Energy throughout your whole body
Each of the twelve organs is linked with a meridian or channel of energy, named according to the internal organ it affects. The meridians, like rivers of energy, ensure proper nurturing of qi or life force throughout your whole being. When you are healthy, the flow of qi proceeds unimpeded, like the water in a free-running river, and energy is well distributed throughout the meridian pathways. When the river, or meridian, is blocked for some reason, the qi is prevented from reaching the specific area it is supposed to nurture. The result is that the cells, tissue or organs in the affected area will suffer.

Identifying Meridians



Meridians are numbered from 1-12 according to the flow of energy through them.

All meridians start or finish in the head, chest, hands or feet.

  1. Lung - Starts on chest in front of shoulder, finishes in thumb

  2. Large Intestine - Starts in index finger, finishes at side of nostril

  3. Stomach - Starts under eye, finishes in second toe

  4. Spleen - Starts in big toe, finishes at side of chest

  5. Heart - Starts under armpit, finishes in little finger

  6. Small Intestine - Starts in little finger, finishes in front of ear

  7. Urinary Bladder - Starts at inside corner of eye, finishes in little toe

  8. Kidney - Starts on sole of foot, finishes at top of chest

  9. Heart Constrictor - Starts beside nipple, finishes in middle finger

  10. Triple Heater - Starts in fourth finger, finishes by outside corner of eyebrow

  11. Gall Bladder - Starts at outside corner of eye, finishes in fourth toe

  12. Liver - Starts in big toe, finishes on front of chest or below nipple.



Common Abbreviations Used in Designating Meridians
Very often the meridians are abbreviated with the letter indicating the organ
 it corresponds to. The common such abbreviations are given below:








Conception Vessel (channel)








Small Intestine


Governing Vessel (channel)










Triple warmer


Large intestine

Because the meridians serve the whole body from outside in and inside out, they have a dual role. They prevent harmful energies from entering (in the form of bacteria and viruses) the body. They also indicate the presence of harmful energy already inside the body in the form of symptoms on the outside. (See the description of aura later.) These may be felt as aches, pains, heat or cold, and in Shiatsu may be located as areas of particular sensitivity or tenderness.

Any type of "disease" is a sign that the energy within the meridian system is out of balance. When a meridian is blocked, one part of the body is getting too much qi and enters a state of excess, while another part is getting too little and becomes deficient in qi. This will result in one organ becoming overactive while another organ will become underactive and may be fatigued. If you do not correct this problem problem when initially manifested, it can lead to the symptoms getting progressively worse and your disease gets more serious.

Finding these areas is one of the aims of Shiatsu diagnosis and treatment, since their quality and location can tell us a great deal about the origin, location and depth of an imbalance in the entire energy system, which will result in a given disease. The unique nature of the meridians is to reflect this kind of imbalance and then to act as the channel by which the imbalance can be corrected.

Along the meridians you will find more highly charged energy points, which are called pressure points in English or tsubo in Japanese. This is where the qi is most easily affected. Stimulating different tsubo will correct the energy imbalance. In the case of Shiatsu, the affected meridian or points are worked on directly until proper energy flow is restored. By using different shiatsu techniques, such as pressure, stretching, rubbing and corrective exercises, you will be able to release the blockages, "open" the meridian and recharge yourself.

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