Shiatsu Academy of Tokyo
Shiatsu Training Passed Down From The Originator

Ross Oakes Memorial Evening With His Shiatsu Family

On arrival I felt like I was walking into a Cathedral. Kensen and friends had carefully arranged the chairs facing the speakers who stood alongside a beautiful altar ...
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Shiatsu is a form of manual therapy originating in Japan. In Japanese “Shi” means thumbs and fingers and “atsu” means pressure. Shiatsu is characterized by a soothing and gentle, but deep pressure that is applied to various anatomical points on the body by the thumbs and palm of the hands. In shiatsu therapy there is no use of drugs,
needles or mechanical devices. It’s aim is to relax and balance the nervous system and to improve one’s health by stimulating the body’s natural powers of recuperation. In other words, pressing the Shiatsu points by thumbs vitalizes one’s energy. It is especially effective in removing the fatigue and anxiety caused by the daily stresses and tension of life.

A shiatsu treatment consists of pressure applied mainly with the balls of the thumbs to about over 600 specific pressure points correspond to the muscles, bones, blood vessels, nerves, lymph vessels and glands of the endocrine system that lie beneath them. Pressing these points not only stimulates the skin and relieves muscular stiffness, but regulates the nervous system, aids proper digestion and stimulates blood and lymph circulation and hormonal secretion.

The essence of Shiatsu lies in the use of the hands for both assessment and treatment. The sensitive fingertips can detect differences in temperature and stiffness, both indicators of the condition of the body. The type, degree and duration of pressure is then adjusted to meet the specific needs of each area of the body and each individual.

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Shiatsu Academy Of Tokyo

Takashi Namikoshi Seminar - Friday July 24, 2015

A special hands-on seminar by the grandson of the founder of Shiatsu. Learn how to perform self-administered Shiatsu to soothe the stresses of daily life ...
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