although it is a Japanese technique, is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine
. That’s exactly the reason Shiatsu is considered as Acupuncture
without needles. As a therapeutic method was recognized by the Japanese
Medical Department of the Ministry of Welfare in December 1957:"The
technique of Shiatsu refers to pressure with the fingers ( Finger =
Shi, pressure = atsu) and palms to specific parts of the body surface to
correct energy imbalance in the body and maintain health "
Shiatsu as a Holistic Therapy Technique
understands man as a whole system. That’s why Shiatsu is trying not
only to heal him when he is ill but also to keep man healthy. This could
be achieved by maintaining or restoring the balance in three different
but interrelated dimensions, mental, spiritual and physical.
The exact translation of word Shiatsu is “finger pressure” but the “spirit” of the word is in the Japanese phrase "Shinda Soku Chyrio"(combination of Therapy and Diagnosis).
ancient times Chinese Medicine Therapists were blind so they have
highly developed touch. Because the senses of touch, vision and smell,
have a primary role in TCM Diagnosis. All the information that the
therapist collects with his senses, he applies it immediately to the
session. Therefore the diagnosis and treatment are simultaneously.
Another important difference from other techniques (such as acupuncture)
is the intense feeling of deep support experienced by the client
through direct and constant physical contact with the therapist. The
relationship of trust that develops between them has the power to “pull
in the surface” all the symptoms and the cause of any malfunction.
Shiatsu is not intended to replace Conventional Medicine just to work
together for best results. But in nowadays the drug toxicity (with many
side effects), combined with the ineffectiveness of some conventional
methods have convinced many west people to turn to Shiatsu.