What does a shiatsu massage therapist do?

 

Shiatsu is a Japanese form of massage. The word “shiatsu” means “finger pressure” in Japanese. As a style of massage, shiatsu focuses on pressure applied by the palm and fingers (especially the thumb) of the massage therapist’s hands, as well as the stretching of various muscles. Unlike traditional Western massage techniques, shiatsu massage is performed on a mat on the floor and the client remains fully clothed.

 

Shiatsu is based on ancient Japanese and Chinese healing wisdom, but also has a foundation in Western anatomical, physiological and medical knowledge. As in Traditional Chinese Medicine, shiatsu focuses on the concept of applying pressure to specific parts of the body in order to help balance the body, in particular the nervous system. Most shiatsu practitioners subscribe to the idea of energy “meridians” (as in the theory behind acupuncture). Shiatsu generally treats the whole body and its energy channels. One hand is intended to read the body’s signs while the other treats the body, a process referred to as a combination of diagnosis and therapy within one treatment.

 

Techniques of a Shiatsu Therapist

 

Some massage therapists who practice shiatsu use simply a style of pressure applied to the muscles. Others subscribe to the traditional shiatsu practice. The latter group is likely to take the client’s pulse and look at the tongue as well as asking specific questions in order to help make a diagnosis through the framework of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The diagnosis is likely to relate to one’s energy balance/imbalance, to which symptoms will be attributed. These imbalances are then treated through the application of pressure to specific areas in order to bring the body back into energetic alignment.

 

Shiatsu Organizations

Elements of shiatsu are taught in many massage schools, and anyone can call themselves a shiatsu practitioner. However, there is one professional organization devoted to creating a uniform set of educational standards for shiatsu and other Asian bodywork modalities. The American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asian (AOBTA) is working towards creating a mandatory board certification for shiatsu practitioners. The standards would require proof that the practitioner has studied not only the general massage coursework but also Chinese medicine in theory and practice.

 

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