Zen Health & Wellness Centre
The Natural Health Service

History and Benefits of Shiatsu

History of Shiatsu

Shiatsu was developed in the early part of the 20th century by a Japanese practitioner, Tamai Tempaku, who combined Western medical knowledge of anatomy and physiology into several older meth­ods of treatment. Originally called "Shiatsu Ryoho", or "finger pressure way of healing", then "Shiatsu Ho ", "finger pressure method" it is now known simply as "Shiatsu".

The philosophy underlying Shiatsu is, that vital energy (known as Ki in Japanese) should flow freely in the channels commonly called meridians. For various different reasons the flow of Ki may stop flowing freely or become blocked, which in turn produces symptoms of ill health.

Benefits of Shiatsu

• promotes relaxation for both mind and body
• restores and balances energy
• improves breathing
• improves posture
• provides the ability to deal with stress more appropriately
• enables clearer thinking and a calmer state of mind
• promotes a general enhanced feeling of well- being
• eases tension and stiffness
• improves circulation
• stimulates, sedates, invigorates, reduces fatigue and promotes better sleep patterns
• aids tissue repair and nutrition
• relaxes and tones the muscles
• calms the nervous system promoting greater relaxation and stress relief.
• it heals