Shiatsu is a form of bodywork that has its origins in Traditional Chinese Medicine and the historical massage techniques of Japan. Modern Shiatsu is based on these oriental traditions (which go back several thousand years) and incorporates the knowledge from western medical disciplines such as physiotherapy, psychology and dietetics. The focus of the Shiatsu practitioner is to work with a client to achieve a state of optimal health.
A key premise of Shiatsu is that physical health and emotional health are interrelated and have an effect on each other. It is when both of these systems are functioning properly, that the immune system can function properly and the body can heal. The intended outcome of Shiatsu is total optimal health - physical and emotional. Another key premise of Shiatsu is that healing is a process - not an event. It is unlikely that a state of optimal health can be achieved through a single Shiatsu treatment.
The term Shiatsu literally means "finger pressure". However, this only partially describes the work of the Shiatsu practitioner. In reality, various parts of the giver's body (fingers, thumbs, palms, forearms, even feet and knees) are used to apply pressure to the receiver's body. This can be targeted at general areas or specific points - often the tsubos or 'acu-points' used in acupuncture.
These techniques are used in conjunction with stretches, joint rotations and joint manipulation to give an 'all-over' treatment which aims at treating the receiver on a holistic level - working with the physical and the emotional together. Contacting the receiver's "Chi" or internal energy is an integral part of the treatment.
It is my personal belief, that when Shiatsu is done on a regular-ongoing basis, combined with proper diet, a state of continual optimal health can be enjoyed. Shiatsu is a marvelous method to help promote healing in ourselves and in others
At Sidekicks, Master Don Tomasi teaches Shiatsu. The training is available to all students that have successfully completed the level-1 Kyusho Jitsu class. Healing is the logical extension to the traditionally- trained, expert-level martial artist.
Master Don Tomasi