SHIATSU - DEFINITION
 
 

SHIATSU IS AN INTERNAL HEALING ART WHICH INCORPORATES A UNIQUE KIND OF TOUCH THAT HAS DIRECT
ACCESS TO THE BODY'S HEALING MECHANISMS

 

           SHIATSU  originated  in  Japan  as  a  "by-product"  of  other  ancient Chinese systems  that  had  been  imported  in  Japan. Nowadays  apart from  being  offered as  a  therapy  to  the  General  Public  in  Japan, it is particularly  offered  as  the  main therapy  for  maintaning  the  health of the  Japanese  Emperor. It  also enjoys an   increasing  reputation  in the  West  too.

        In ancient times, people used to divide the therapeutic  systems into three categories:
 

  i) Superior Category for the systems that cured+prevented diseases but MOST importantly
MAINTAINED HUMAN HEALTH.
 

  ii) Middle Category for the systems that cured and prevented diseases
.
 

  iii) Inferior  Category for the systems that cured only.

        So, SHIATSU  has  been  one  of  the  handful of  healing arts  that has preserved its  superior  quality  since  antiquity. Of course it  would be unwise to say that the only therapeutic techniques  that should  be practiced must be the ones of superior category. Even if a technique offers curing effects only, then that alone is a great achievement.

         Most  people  would  really  like  to  know  the  exact  western word that  stands  for SHIATSU. The  issue  not  just  for  SHIATSU  but  in general  for  most  asian languages  is  that  you  can't  translate  exactly into  any  western  language. The reason  is  that  in  each  asian  word there  are  multiple  meanings. Of  course  it   would  be  nice  at  least  to hang  on  from  somewhere, however  this  could  either lead  us  to really understand   a  word  or  to  really get  into  the  wrong  way.

        Unfortunately  this  is  what  had  happened  to  those  who tried  to translate SHIATSU  merely  as  finger  pressure. Because  of  that  they administered  the wrong  type  of  techniques  and  therefore  they  perceived SHIATSU  as  a massage technique. The  same  thing  can happen  to anyone  who  merely  perceives  a human being  as  an animal  only!

         It  is  ideed  too  complex  to  define  SHIATSU  as  that  would  be  the case  if  we wanted  to  define  Life, Human  beings, etc.  However  we will try  to  explain  in simple  terms  how  it  works. We  have  stated that SHIATSU  IS  AN  INTERNAL HEALING  ART. In  the  Orient there are  also  external  healing  arts.

       The  same  happens  with  martial  arts  whereby  they  are  also divided into external and  internal  fighting  systems.  The  difference between  the two  systems  is  that  the external  systems  use  muscular strength, whereas  the  internal  ones  use  the power  of  KI  to  cure  or fight.

       The  actions  performed  by  an  external  art  can  be seen/ perceived  by the  eye, whereas  the  actions  performed  by  an  internal  art cannot.  Dealing  with  internal arts  we  virtually  deal  with  the  world of  KI; one that  can  not  be  seen  with  bare eyes, e.g. we  often  see in  internal martial  art demonstrations  men  and  women having  the ability  to  break bricks  with  their  punch.

       In  these  cases  the  bricks  are  not  broken  by  the  muscular strength of  the  hand.  What  is  actually  done  is  that   KI  is  directed through  the hand  to  break  the  bricks and  of  course  to  protect  the hand. Externally  we  see  the  hand  punching  but  internally  we  are not  able  to  see  KI.  So,  the  hand  is  used  as  a  medium  to  break the  bricks.

       The  same  happens  with  SHIATSU, of  course  in  this  case  we cure rather  than destroy. There  are  external  movements  applied  by the hands but  what  is  important, are  the INTERNAL MOVEMENTS which  cannot be  seen. So, if  somebody  tries  to imitate  the  external movements  only without  applying  the  basic  internal  principles  the result  will  be  massage instead  of  SHIATSU.

       Feeling  KI  is  not  a  charismatic  act. It  is  rather  an  ability that comes  through special  training. It  can  be  accessed  by anyone. Only those  that felt  the  KI  were  the ones  to  gain  authentic  insight  of what  SHIATSU really  is. This  feeling  again  cannot be  described  in exact  words. However  it  is  an  enjoyable  and  relaxing  one.

   Therefore SHIATSU  THERAPY  is  an  art  that paves the way for  the power of  KI  in order  to maintain  health,  cure  and  prevent various  diseases.

 

THE TREATMENT

         The object  of the treatment is to set into operation the normal flow of our inner healing mechanisms/qualities.These inner-drugs that are inherent in every human being, had been given the name "KI" in Japanese or "CHI"  in Chinese.

       This flow can only  be  achieved  by  inducing  a  relaxation  response to the  nervous system  and  by  allowing  the  breathing  pattern  to expand to  the  last  inch  of  the  human body. Under  these  basic principles  we can  have  movement  of  KI. Of  course, this  thing  again can  only  be attained  by  using  the  special  touching  techniques  that are  unique  to SHIATSU.

        The various  imbalances  that  do  happen  in our bodies, both  on emotional and physical level are due to  obstructions in the flow of  KI. An average treatment ideally lasts about an hour. Before  the session a detailed analysis of the medical history of the patient /receiver is taken first. After that the session begins. SHIATSU is always done on the floor on a special mattress. Working on the floor enables the practitioner to employ one million kinds of movements/ techniques, a fact that would be impossible if  SHIATSU  was done on a table.

        SHIATSU   is  applied   to  specific  areas  that  have  direct  access to  the  body's  KI. The  practitioner  is  aiming  to  influence  the  parts that  are  most  hyper-active  and hypo-active in  KI. The  result  that we  want  to  offer  is not  a  situation  where  everything will  be  at the same  level. We  rather  want  to  make  every  part  enjoying the flexibility to be  either  hyper-active or  hypo-active  when  that  is  needed  from the  body. So  what  we are  treating are parts  that are stuck/unchanged in the same pattern all the time.

      For  a  variety  of  serious  reasons  SHIATSU is done with CLOTHES ON. For  best  results  the  receiver  should  be  wearing  loose  clothing. It  is  also  recommended not  to  eat  anything  heavy  before  the treatment. Even  a  few  hours  after  the treatment the receiver should  take  a  rest in  a  quiet  place, in order to benefit more.

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