Zen Shiatsu- The term Shiatsu comes from Japan and literally means ‘finger pressure’. Shiatsu finds its roots in Oriental Medicine and the primary focus is the balancing of the meridians, which is the energetic system of the body.
Most meridians are associated with specific organs while other meridians like the ‘Triple Heater’ is more connected with how the body heats or cools itself. The meridians are channels of energy or qi that have been proven by Western Medicine a few years ago, but have been the core and crux of Oriental Medicine for thousands of years.
The strength of the energy or chi that flows through the meridians determines that strength of function for that organ. Through the wear and tear and stress of life and bad diet, the meridians become imbalanced and blocked, and do not function at optimum levels. The result of this imbalance, leads to the organs performing at sub optimal levels, which in turn can lead to symptoms and even illness. Shiatsu works to restore the balance of these meridians and the five elements in the body. Shiatsu can be referred to as Acupuncture without needles, as it uses the same principles and points to facilitate a change.
By means of finger, hand and elbow pressure and stretches, the meridians are stimulated and a sense of physical, emotional and mental balance is restored. The client is fully clothed and the treatment is performed on a mat on the floor.