Philosophical Background

Shiatsu derives its theoretical and practical roots from the ancient traditions of Far Eastern healing and philosophy. Today it is an autonomous treatment method which originated in Japan, and is influenced by Chinese and Western knowledge.


The aim of shiatsu is to promote the processes of self healing and personal growth through balancing the circulation of the body’s energy: Ki or Chi. The well being of a person as a unity of body, mind and spirit depends on the harmonic flow of this energy.


Shiatsu treatment is a form of communication through touch, based on techniques of energetic (ki) evaluation.


The form of shiatsu treatment is the application of sustained pressure with thumbs, hands, elbows, knees and feet to the meridians (energetic pathways) and tsubo (acupoints). The form also includes rotations and stretches of limbs, joints and meridians. The posture and awareness of the practitioner are grounded in the abdomen (the Hara). Shiatsu is usually given on a soft mat on the floor.


Shiatsu enhances self awareness and sensitivity, and releases tension. It also supports and nourishes life- force.


Shiatsu can treat people presenting with a wide variety of physical conditions. It also can assist people through crisis, difficult life phases and processes of change. Shiatsu promotes general well being and is a preventative health care method.