Users' questions

What is shiatsu used for?

What is shiatsu used for?

Western practitioners use physiological terms to describe the effects of shiatsu, claiming it regulates the hormonal system and the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid; aids the elimination of waste products and releases muscle tension; and promotes deep relaxation.

What is involved in shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a therapeutic form of acupressure, muscle meridian stretching and corrective exercises derived from Japan. Shiatsu involves applying pressure to the body using a practitioner’s thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet.

What is a shiatsu specialist?

It is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is considered a form of acupressure massage. This makes Shiatsu a good modality to specialize in for Massage Therapists that want to work in a holistic or integrative health setting, such as a Pain Clinic or Chiropractor’s Office.

What type of disorders can shiatsu alleviate?

People can receive shiatsu for relaxation or to help them with specific conditions. In particular, shiatsu can help alleviate insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches, muscular tension, digestive tract issues, and sinus congestion. In some cases it can also help increase local circulation and the movement of lymph.

How many Shiatsu clinics are there in Canada?

Now, we are very fortunate to have 8 Japan Shiatsu Clinics in all 7 municipalities, and in our first Japan Shiatsu Clinic, we merged into now what is called the Canadian College of Shiatsu Therapy. We’ve still have that passion since opening the first clinic, which has been taking over to all practitioners as a corporate philosophy.

What is the emphasis of Shiatsu in therapy?

The emphasis of Shiatsu is the treatment of the whole meridian; however, effective points are also used. The therapist assesses the condition of the patient’s body as treatment progresses. Therapy and diagnosis are one.

Where does the name Shiatsu medicine come from?

With its name derived from the Japanese term for “finger pressure,” it involves applying pressure to specific points on the body, moving from one point to another in a rhythmic sequence. 1  While shiatsu has roots in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), it’s now commonly practiced throughout the world.

Who is the medical advisor for shiatsu massage?

Richard N. Fogoros, MD, is a retired professor of medicine and board-certified internal medicine physician and cardiologist. He is Verywell’s Senior Medical Advisor. Shiatsu is a type of massage therapy that was primarily developed in Japan.