John Wilson

   Deep Tissue and Structural Integration
  Shiatsu and Kiatsu
  Ayurvedic School and Kerala
  Dosha Test

Having developed in Japan, shiatsu is based, ultimately, on Chinese medicine. What the true origin of the system of pressure points/acupuncture points strung along energy meridians of the body is, is hard to say. The Chinese say they developed it, and the South Indians claim the Chinese borrowed it from Ayurvedic medicine. The aim of all these systems is to free the energy meridians of blockage so that the individual's body can restore balance and health again.

Shiatsu does this by putting pressure on strategic points on the body (called Tsubos). These pressure points often have a direct effect on releasing tension held within various associated muscles, but are also believed to affect organs, hormones, and systems such as lymph, circulatory, and almost anything else within the organism. To apply pressure, thumbs, fingers, elbows, knees, and feet are used. The therapist will apply deep point work pressure with thumbs, fingers and elbows, and broad pressure with feet by walking on the client. This not only feels great, but is a lot of fun for the therapist too!  Shiatsu is a deep, focused, energetic massage, and is very effective for treating specific problems.



Kiatsu, or Japanese “energy massage” was developed by Aikido master Koiche Tohei.  Based on the Shiatsu “Finger Pressure”, Kiatsu uses the principles of Ki “life force” and the knowledge of traditional energy meridians that flow through the body to extend vital healing intention and pressure to the body in order to assist in regaining balance.  Unlike other popular forms of energy work, Kiatsu is quite physical, and can quickly help with common problems like stiff neck, frozen shoulder, headaches, and sciatica symptoms.  It can also be used to help more subtle energetic/ health problems.


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