I get asked, quite often, how Shiatsu massage differs from other forms of massage. It’s both hard & easy to answer this question! It is difficult to really know what people’s experience of massage is, as there are so many different types & different practitioners, so it’s hard to compare. It is easier to explain what Shiatsu is…..
Shiatsu is a hands-on therapy that originates from Japan. It uses Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) & touch as it’s forms of diagnosis. It works to balance the energy in the body, using the same pressure points & meridians (lines of energy) that Acupuncture & Acupressure use. It uses a lot of massage techniques, palming, thumbing, rotations & stretches. The whole body is worked. It can help with physical, mental or emotional issues or concerns.
The big differences to massage (ones I’ve had anyway) are:
- Shiatsu is given on a futon mat on the floor
- It is always given through clothes
- It is never the same, it is tailored to that client, on that day
- It can be quite physical, when appropriate, with stretches & rotations of joints
If you would like to know more about Shiatsu you may want to visit the Shiatsu Society website.
I have a Facebook page for details of events & offers.
You can have a look at the other pages on this site, where there is information & photos.
You are welcome to get in touch through the ‘contact me’ page with any questions or queries – I’m always happy to talk Shiatsu.