Zen Shiatsu

“In Oriental Medicine, we view the patient in terms of his body as unique from anyone else’s and take into consideration his basic constitution. We try to find out why the dis-ease developed in the first place and work from there..”
— Shizuto Masunaga

What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a gentle form of bodywork originating from the traditional physical therapies of Japan. Shiatsu sessions are deeply relaxing, and support the client to return to a state of being balanced and centred. 

Shiatsu takes a holistic approach to integrate body, emotions, and mind, and can be used to address a wide range of health problems. Being effective at treating musculo-skeletal problems such as back problems, to dis-harmonies of the mind and emotions.

Shiatsu develops natural resilience to the stresses and strains of everyday life, through becoming consciously grounded in the physical body to regulate nervous system responses.

Shiatsu applies touch and relaxed physical pressure along networks of connective tissues in the body. This network of connective pathways regulate the flow of energy throughout the body, including all of the internal vital organ systems. Shiatsu diagnoses areas of stagnation and deficiency, then works to re-balance the whole system.

Physical techniques include: pressure using hands, fingers, thumbs, elbows and knees. Stretching and rotation of the limbs and joints, and realignment of the skeletal structure. The degree and type of physical pressure applied varies, adjusting to the needs and conditions of each client. 

At the heart of Shiatsu touch is an authentic connection with a person's basic patterns of life energy. Through cultivating a deeper somatic awareness of how these patterns are manifesting, a movement towards integration and harmony can begin. Shiatsu supports the innate capacity of the body, brain and mind to self-organise and self-regulate.

“to touch can be to give life”
— Michelangelo

Practical Information

History of Shiatsu