is a traditional Japanese healing art, it is an oriental massage
technique. In Japanese the word means "fingerpressure"
is based on acupuncture (fingerpress),
where during the treatment natural body weight is applied
on special points of the body for relieving pain, tension,
exhaustation and symptoms of disease.
Through this pressure the energy flowing in the bodies meridians
(energy channels) is influenced. This energy is called chi
by itself is invisible, but the way chi
works can be seen in the body. When a wound is healing 'just
by itself' it is the work of chi. Traditionally everything
was seen as an expression of chi. Chi is the origin,
the power of life. When chi stagnates, the body becomes ill.
According to western medicine
theory it is
only that part of the body that needs to be healed, where
pain is felt. Western medicine separates the body into individual
parts, where the part of the body experiencing illness or
funcional disorder is considered as a whole.
believes that human
body was created as one whol
e. This suggests that
it is impossible to separate the body into individual parts,
as the funcionality of one body part can influence the whole
body. According to the oriental philosophy the human body
is considered as a small part of the Universe, as a microcosmos,
which is governed by the 5 elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water,
Wood) and by the yin and yang forces (manifestated in changes,
The organs of the body are divided into six yang (positive)
and six yin (negative) organs, which are paired together,
one yang organ with one yin organ. Each of the individual
organs represents one of the five elements which works in
unison with its other paired organ. Applying treatment to
the ill organ is not sufficient as the paired organ must also
be treated in order to maintain the body's balance.
Shiatsu treatment doesn't concentrate on the illness
itself, as the source of all illness is derived from blockages
in energy flow around the body. Instead, the treatment is
applied along the meridians, reinvigorating the energy flow
throughout the whole body and alleviating the energy blockages.
While Shiatsu can be used in the healing of diseases, many
people utilise the powers of Shiatsu to obtain health and
vitality and to strenghten the immune system and the body's