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Shiatsu Massage

Deriving its history from the medical philosophy and practices of the Orient begun several thousand years ago, Shiatsu massage is based on the charted positions of the channels or meridians through which energy flows throughout each person. These are the same meridians utilized by acupuncturists and acupressure therapists. Shiatsu massage is a form of acupressure which was modified to include more current knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

Shiatsu, developed in Japan and practiced in the West for about 25 years, is rapidly growing in popularity and is used to treat general pain and illness. Using the pads of the fingers and thumbs and applying pressure to the energy channels of the body, the practitioner can influence the flow of ki (or qi). This is what Shiatsu calls the energy life force of the body. Shiatsu massage will produce relaxation, as well as emotional and physical changes in the body, thereby creating more balanced (and healthy) feelings in the individual. This balance is the traditional Asian view of mind and body, where a state of balance is an existence with good health.

There are several forms of Shiatsu massage used today. Your opportunity to explore one of the methods through classwork will develop your skills in this healing art.

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Shiatsu Massage

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