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Dao Clinic - Shiatsu to help restaure deep balance in your body by applying specific pressure points


Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork therapy that uses manual pressure to stimulate specific points on the body to promote balance and healing. The word "shiatsu" translates to "finger pressure" in Japanese, reflecting the primary technique used in this therapy.


Shiatsu has its roots in ancient Chinese medicine and evolved in Japan over centuries. It incorporates principles from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), such as the concept of Qi (energy) and meridians (energy pathways), as well as Japanese massage techniques like Anma. In the early 20th century, Tokujiro Namikoshi developed a systematic approach to shiatsu, emphasizing the integration of Western anatomical and physiological knowledge. Later, Shizuto Masunaga expanded on Namikoshi's work, incorporating more traditional Eastern concepts like the Five Elements theory and the meridian system.


Shiatsu involves applying pressure to specific points, known as tsubos, along the body's meridians or energy pathways. Practitioners use their fingers, thumbs, palms, elbows, or even knees to apply pressure, along with various stretching and joint mobilization techniques. This stimulation helps to improve the flow of Qi, restore balance, and promote healing.

Shiatsu is used to address a wide range of physical, emotional, and psychological issues, including:

  1. Musculoskeletal problems: Shiatsu can help alleviate pain, stiffness, and discomfort associated with conditions like back pain, neck pain, and arthritis.

  2. Stress and anxiety: The calming and relaxing nature of shiatsu can help reduce stress, anxiety, and tension.

  3. Digestive issues: By stimulating points related to digestion, shiatsu can help improve digestive function and alleviate symptoms of conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and constipation.

  4. Insomnia: Shiatsu can promote relaxation and improve sleep quality by addressing underlying imbalances that may contribute to sleep disturbances.

  5. Headaches and migraines: By targeting specific points and improving the flow of Qi, shiatsu can help alleviate headaches and migraines.

  6. Fatigue and low energy: Shiatsu can help restore energy levels by promoting the flow of Qi and addressing underlying imbalances.

  7. Respiratory issues: Shiatsu can help improve respiratory function and alleviate symptoms of conditions like asthma and allergies.

Shiatsu is typically performed on a futon or mat on the floor, with the recipient wearing loose, comfortable clothing. Treatments can be tailored to individual needs and preferences, ranging from gentle and relaxing to more intense and invigorating. It is essential to consult with a qualified shiatsu practitioner to ensure the therapy is appropriate for your specific needs and health conditions.

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