Shiatsu

ShiatsuShiatsu literally means finger (Shi) pressure (Atsu).

Although shiatsu is primarily pressure, usually applied with the thumbs along the meridian lines, extensive soft tissue manipulation and both active and passive exercise and stretching may be part of the treatments. Extensive use of cutaneovisceral reflexes in the abdomen and on the back are also characteristics of shiatsu massage. The emphasis of shiatsu is the treatment of the whole meridian, however, effective points are also used. The therapist assesses the condition of the patients body as treatment progresses. Therapy and diagnosis are one. In addition to traditional Japanese shiatsu, there are other forms of shiatsu, including five element, macrobiotic, and zen.

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