The aim of a Shiatsu Practitioner is to re-balance the flow of energy (Ki), along the meridians or channels. The surface touch uses points on the surface known as Tsubo to access those meridians. The practitioner feels for excessive (Jitsu) or deficient (Kyo) energy (Ki) within the meridians as they control the movement in the body (blood, gas, air, water).
Shiatsu incorporates pressure, holding, rubbing, heating or stretching techniques which can be deep and firm, but which are applied with sensitivity.
Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular Shiatsu sessions help to prevent the build up of stress. Common conditions helped by Shiatsu include: back pain, headaches, whiplash and neck stiffness, joint pain and reduced mobility, menstrual problems, digestive problems, asthmatic symptoms, sports injuries, depression and stress.
It begins with the practitioner using pulses, tongue, face and hara (stomach area) examinations to ascertain what treatments to use. Treatment is carried out fully clothed, usually with the patient lying or sitting on a futon mat on the ground. A typical session will last about 90 mins including 15-20 mins consultation.