the art of shiatsu

"Stay in the center and you will be able to move in any direction'           Alan Watts


Shiatsu is a physical therapy originating from Japan based on Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) principles."Shiatsu" translates as "finger pressure."  Working on a holistic level, this therapy addresses emotional, mental and physical aspects. It supports and strengthens the body's natural ability to heal and balance itself.


Shiatsu is a type of alternative medicine and it is both preventive and complementary body therapy. In practice, the Shiatsu Therapist uses touch, comfortable pressure and manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure and balance its energy flow.

Shiatsu can be used in the treatment of a wide range of internal, musculoskeletal, and emotional conditions. It is thought to stimulate the immune system and influence the nervous system and help relieve symptoms of: headaches, fatigue, indigestion, stress and anxiety, insomnia, depression.


The effect may be stimulating and invigorating or calming and sedative, depending on the goal of the session.

Regular Shiatsu sessions can make a real effect on the quality of life both physically and emotionally but this is not a substitute for conventional medicine.

Principals of Shiatsu:

One of the fundamental concepts of Chinese medicine is Qi. This is the vital energy in our body that underlies all functioning.

Qi flows in specific pathways called meridians. Like an acupuncturist, the Shiatsu therapist accesses the Qi through points along the meridians vital points. Health is present when there is abundant Qi in the meridians and the flow is free. When the Qi becomes deficient or the flow is obstructed, symptoms arise. Shiatsu stimulates and harmonizes the flow of Qi throughout the body.

It was Tokujiro Namikoshi who founded the Japan Shiatsu College in 1940 and established and systematized Shiatsu Therapy.