SHI= finger, ATSU= pressure.
Shiatsu is a form of manual pressure therapy done (mostly) by
fingers and developed in Japan. Shiatsu was created only at the
beginning of the 20'Th century (name was first published in 1915).
In 1955 Shiatsu was recognized as a form of massage therapy aside
Anma & western massage and in 1964 was recognized by the Japanese
government as an independent form of therapy with unique standards
of training & licensing.
main difference between Shiatsu and other forms of massage is
the focusing on pressure techniques as well as combining oriental
traditional theory with modern western science. The goal of Shiatsu
is to promote and regulate the natural healing powers existing
in the patient's body through a variety of controlled manual pressure
for the sake of disease prevention and symptomatic relieve.
part Shiatsu also focuses on regulating the physiological functioning
of internal organs by affecting the nervous system and releasing
the spinal region from local tension creating factors.
a relatively young form of therapy and rapidly developed has created
many styles & schools of Shiatsu, differing from one another
mainly by theoretical understanding & vision. Some of the
styles are very popular and some are less.
style in which I was trained in was developed by my teacher, Dr.
D.T.Kaneko, and is based on Professor's K. Serizawa's Acupressure("TSUBO")
therapy. Professor Serizawa, born in 1915, was one of the most
noted personalities in oriental medicine and devoted his life
to the research of "TSUBO"(points of stimulation found
in traditional oriental medicine).