Zen shiatsu is a dynamic form of bodywork incorporating the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. Like acupuncture, zen shiatsu uses the body’s meridian systems, channels that flow from head to toe, as the canvas for treatment. Pressure and stretching is applied to meridians and specific points along them, to bring about systemic change within the whole body.
While zen shiatsu can be extremely relaxing and revitalizing, diagnosis and treatment go beyond addressing structural or symptomatic issues, to work with imbalances that occur at a deep (root) level. This is the beauty of the work.
During and after treatment, people often describe a heightened sense of body awareness – a sense of ‘groundedness’ or ‘connectedness’. These are some of the ways a person might experience coming into balance.
Whether a person’s condition is chronic (long term), or acute (sudden onset), the issue is understood as one of imbalance. By determining the source of ‘jitsu’ (excess) and ‘kyo’ (deficiency) within a person’s system, energy (Qi) is dispersed and nourished accordingly, to help tip the scale back into equilibrium – good health.