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Zen Shiatsu is a unique form of therapy that provides profound energy-balancing experience. It is based on thousands of years of Eastern philosophy and methods of healing.
Shiatsu directly treats the meridian pathways within the body that channel Ki energy, our life force. We experience this energy in the form of movement, communication, respiration, digestion, thoughts, feelings and spiritual practices.
Any blockage or stagnation of energy within the meridians can result in physical, psychological and emotional dis-ease.
Zen Shiatsu helps you balance your energy on all levels, while experiencing a profoundly relaxing and clinically therapeutic musculoskeletal treatment.
Acupuncture makes you feel great the first couple of times, but then the stimulation stops. With Shiatsu we go deeper to really solve the root cause of the problem.
When certain organs are deficient in energy, we start to develop certain symptoms, both physical and psychological, that affect our health. This ranges from a simple headache, to insomnia, to severe anxiety or depression. Those weak organs and deficiencies force other parts of the body and organs to overwork in order to maintain balance within us. The goal of shiatsu is to energize these deficiencies, nurture them, and thus allow the symptoms that we’ve developed to slowly disappear.
Zen Shiatsu is appropriate for all ages and body types. It is performed fully clothed, with the receiver lying on a futon on the floor. Treatments last one and a half hour. Zen Shiatsu is very effective in conditions where emotional disturbance or stress is an underlying factor.
While this could be said to include all ailments, the following are the conditions most widely regarded as stress-related:
* Insomnia and sleeping difficulties
* Anxiety and Depression
* Muscular Tension
* Digestive problems
* Menstrual Dysfunction
* Low Resistance to Infection
* Lower back pain
* Neck pain and stiffness
* Wrists, joint, hip problems due to repetitive strain
Shiatsu is traditionally performed on a futon on tatami mats, with the receiver fully clothed (wearing soft clothing) and the practitioner covering the patient with a thin cloth in order to avoid “skin-to-skin” contact.
When we touch someone else’s skin we work on their Sympathetic nervous system. But when we use a cloth or thin sheet to work the body then we impact the deeper nervous system (parasympathetic).
How does shiatsu work?
In Japanese, Shiatsu literally means "finger pressure" (SHI = fingers/extremities; ATSU = to press).
Zen Shiatsu is different from massage therapy because it works on a much deeper level.
In shiatsu we are working on the energy and not just the structure. It is not simply about circulation, blood flow or muscles. It is much deeper than that as it impacts the parasympathetic nervous system (healing and resting mode, as opposed to Sympathetic which is fight or flight mode) to heal the body and the mind.
It is a natural therapy that enables the patients to understand and own their health, where we provide them with the information on why they might have the issues they have, and what to do in order to fix them.
Old Ayurvedic saying: “Where the mind goes the energy follows”
Shiatsu works on the meridian system, the organs and their energy pathways, providing the same benefits as acupuncture or moxibustion only with a more gentle touch and technique.
A Zen Shiatsu treatment is as deep or as gentle as a receiver requires. The practitioner pays great attention to the patient’s energy level in order to apply the right amount of pressure. Zen Shiatsu practitioners use both hands. One hand is used to listen, and sound out the responses of the receiver. When the other hand reaches an appropriate depth, an energetic connection passes between the hands of the practitioner. The receiver’s body tells the giver when the pressure is right. An energetic circuit is created, creating change and movement in the patient’s body.
The patient is sometimes moved through stretches, especially towards the end of a session, with the same benefits as certain yoga poses.
Massage Therapy is very different in the sense that it treats muscles and connective tissue using gliding and kneading strokes; it’s applied for general relaxation or for musculoskeletal therapeutic aim, and works on the sympathetic nervous system. Massage therapy is amazing and very useful in its own ways.