What is Zen Shiatsu
Zen Shiatsu is a form of Asian Bodywork Therapy whose roots can be traced to China, and it evolved into a distinct art in Japan over hundreds of years. Shiatsu is based on the principles of Chinese medicine.According the theory of Chinese Medicine, these techniques help balance the flow of qi, or “vital energy” in the body. Qi is not something mystical or mysterious – it is the underlying energy that flows through all things. Without it we do not exist.
They use pressure, stretching, and other manipulations to relieve stress and pain and to promote health.It’s known especially for its use of rhythmic pressure along energy channels called meridians. Practitioners lean their own body weight into the recipient’s body to improve energy flow and the circulation of blood and lymph.
The wordZen comes from the Japanese12th century teaching that contemplation of one’s essential nature to the exclusion of all else is the only way of achieving pure enlightenment.Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning “finger pressure”.Traditionally a session is performed on a futon on the floor although a table or a chair can be used effectively.The recipient remains clothed and lotions or oils are not used. The practitioner uses fingers, thumbs, elbows, feet or knees, to apply appropriate pressure along energetic channels called “meridians” that help to balance and free the flow of physical and mental energy called QI. During aZen Shiatsu session the practitioner also uses soft tissue manipulation and stretching. Asian Bodywork has three branches of the ancient tradition of Chinese medicine these branches of bodywork are Zen Shiatsu, Acupuncture and Herbalism.