Shiatsu takes its roots in the Traditional Chinese Medicine more than 2000 years ago and the hands-on Anma massage therapy back to the 14th century in Japan. Shiatsu acquired its name with Tenpaku Tamai’s work (Shiatsu Ho) in 1919 then was then officially recognized by the Japanese government in 1964.
Later in the 60s, Shizuto Masunaga who was a Shiatsu Practitioner and a professor in Psychology, developed Zen Shiatsu, a body therapy influenced by the Zen principles and more recent Western Therapies such as Physiotherapy, Chiropractic and Psychology.
Zen Shiatsu aims to support and strengthen the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It works on the whole person – not just with the physical body, but also with the psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of being.
Zen Shiatsu moves stagnant energy, removes blockages and creates balance in the body’s energy systems. By applying pressure to energy points, the flow of energy is restored. Shiatsu Therapists facilitate this change. The body then begins to repair itself and all major systems begin to improve. The client begins to feel more empowered and more responsible for small changes so, over time, the body feels rejuvenated, calmer and more energized.
Continual stress leads to pain and illness and ignoring your body’s signals for sleep, exercise, good nourishing foods, and equally nurturing relationships, causes more stress and more illness. Clients, who realise the importance of positive change, seek Zen Shiatsu as a framework to help them make changes in their lives.