Japanese Shiatsu is an art form of treating the Yin and Yang Organ system, it is a modern version of other ancient Japanese therapies including Sotai, Tsubo Acupressure points and Meridian Therapy. It works on the similar system to Traditional Chines Medicine, it does not use herbs as part of the treatment but offers Therapeutic diet advice based on nourishing the organ system that maybe deficient (Kyo) or excess (Jitsu). Japanese Therapies put a large emphasis on diagnosis which includes six point pulses taking, asking questions about the patient’s health, palpating the abdominal area (Hara) in Japanese, listening to the voice, checking the tongue, and smelling, this diagnosis is from the TCM five elements theory. When the practitioner has formed the diagnosis they will work out a treatment plan and begin the treatment. This may include using cupping and moxabustion as well as Shiatsu, there are three main styles of Shiatsu
Classical Shiatsu using thumbs on sore points along a meridian these points are referred to as Ashi points meaning “ouch” in Japanese.
Zen Shiatsu is a treatment of the Meridian Channels, the practitioner uses the palm of the hands and forearm along the Meridian Channels great treatment for unlocking the stagnation of Ki (chi) and blood. It is also very relaxing with many clients falling asleep during the treatment.
Barefoot Shiatsu is a very deep treatment often used for stubborn tight muscles and deep pain yet it is very gentle treatment when given by an experienced Shiatsu Practitioner.
Cupping may be part of your treatment plan if so the Practitioner will explain what he/she is going to use the cups for in the treatment, the Practitioner will remain with the client whilst the cups are in place, there are three main techniques used:
1) cupping left in place for 3 to 5 minutes,
2) sliding cups where the cup is moved along the meridian or area of muscle tightness or a stagnant area, great treatment for upper and lower back and for moving Ki (chi).
3) Momentary cupping used on weak or deficient patients, cups are put on the patient and removed quickly and repeated.
Moxabustion, Moxa is from the mugwort plant it has been used in Traditional South East Asian Medicine for thousands of years it looks like wool, it also has several applications, 1) Moxa rolled into a cone shape and placed on the meridian or Ashi points and ignited using an incense stick, 2) Moxa stick inside a stainless steel instrument called a Tiger warmer or an Elephant warmer can be moved along a meridian on a piece of silk on the skin great for moving cold and phlegm in the channels, 3) Rice grain Moxa, Moxa Gold is rolled into rice grain size and placed on the skin, Moxa balm is used on the skin to secure it in place, the Practitioner will then ignite it using a incense stick the Practitioner may also use a small piece of bamboo over the top of the Moxa gold this helps the heat penetrate deep into the effective point, the Practitioner will extinguish the Moxa before it burns the skin, great for stubborn points and long term untreated injuries.
Five Elements Paired Organ System
1: Yin Organs Heart, Lungs, Liver, Spleen, Kidneys.
2: Yang Organs Small Intestine, Large Intestine, Gall Bladder, Stomach, Bladder.