Shiatsu in Sydney
Shiatsu is a therapeutic practice that can support individuals
in moving towards greater health and wellbeing.
Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning “finger pressure”.
It is a new name for the oldest form of medicine - healing with
hands. Everybody has the healing power of touch and responds to
touch. It is a natural ability that people are now beginning to
recognise again .Shiatsu uses hand pressure and manipulative techniques
to adjust the body's physical structure and its natural inner energies,
to help ward off illness, and maintain good health.
The Simplicity of Shiatsu
Shiatsu is characterised by its great simplicity. It grew from
earlier forms of massage, called Anma in Japan (Anmo or Tuina in
China) which use rubbing, stroking, squeezing, tapping, pushing,
and pulling to influence the muscles and circulatory systems of
the body. Shiatsu, by contrast, uses few techniques and to an observer
it would appear that little is happening - merely a still, relaxed
pressure at various points on the body with the hand or thumb, an
easy leaning of the elbows or a simple rotation of a limb. It almost
seems a lazy activity and, to the extent that it conserves one's
energy, it is. But underneath the uncomplicated movements much is
happening internally to the body's energy on a subtle level.
Shiatsu as an Energetic Healer
The Oriental tradition describes the world in terms of energy.
All things are considered to be manifestations of a vital universal
force, called “Ki" by the Japanese, ''Chi", or "
Qi", in China. Because of the Japanese origins of shiatsu therapy,
the Japanese word Ki is used in preference to the Chinese word,
Chi. Ki is the primary substance and motive force of life. It is
most often described as "energy", but Ki is also synonymous
with breath in the Japanese and Chinese languages. In Oriental medicine,
harmony of Ki within the human body is conceived as being essential
to health. All its endeavours are addressed to this end.
Styles of shiatsu
Many early shiatsu practitioners developed their own style and
some, including Tokojiro Namikoshi and Shizuto Masunaga, founded
schools that helped establish shiatsu as a therapy. There are many
different styles of shiatsu today. Some concentrate on "acupressure
(acupuncture) points". Some emphasise more general work on
the body or along the pathways of energy to influence the Ki that
flows in them. Others highlight diagnostic systems, such as
the "Five Element'' system or the macrobiotic approach. But
all of these are based on traditional Chinese medicine.
Chinese Origins of Shiatsu
The earliest known book of Chinese medicine is called the 'Huang
Ti Nei Ching', 'The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine'.
In it the legendary Emperor questions his physician, Ch'I Po, about
problems of medicine ,and health among his people. In one well known
passage Ch'i Po explains that different forms of medicine were developed
in different regions according to the prevailing climate and the
resulting constitutional problems from which people suffered. Treatment
using herbs, needles and heat were attributed to Northern, Southern,
Eastern, and Western regions, but development of physical therapy
including massage and breathing exercise was accorded to the people
of China's central region. Thus began the long association of massage
and manipulative therapy with special physical exercise, breathing
techniques, and healing meditations which represented the highest
level of Chinese medicine. These came to be known collectively as
"Tao Yin", methods for guiding the subtle energies within
the body to flow smoothly. Shiatsu is the modern inheritor of this
tradition. Chinese medicine was introduced to Japan by a Buddhist
monk in the 6th century. The Japanese developed and refined many
of its methods to suit their own physiology, temperament, and climate.
In particular they developed the manual healing and diagnostic arts,
evolving special techniques of abdominal diagnosis, treatment, and
The Development of Shiatsu in Japan
Shiatsu was developed in the early part of the 20th century by
a Japanese practitioner, Tamai Tempaku, who incorporated the newer
Western medical knowledge of anatomy and physiology into several
older methods of treatment. Originally he called it "Shiatsu
Ryoho", or "finger pressure way of healing", then
"Shiatsu Ho ", "finger pressure method". Now
known simply as "Shiatsu", it was officially recognised
as a therapy by the Japanese Government in 1964, so distinguishing
it from the older form of traditional massage, Anma. The role of
shiatsu therapists is to diagnose and treat according to the principles
of Oriental medicine.
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