shi·at·su/ (she-ot´soo) [Japanese] a
Japanese form of acupressure, in which pressure is applied using the thumb,
fingers, palms, elbows, or knees, perpendicularly to the skin at acupoints
(nodes along a nerve which seem to have an enhancing or calming effect when
being pressed), combined with passive stretching and rotation of the
joints. Assessment and treatment are
deeply rooted in the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
This "hands-on" therapy allows the client to be fully clothed and is used both as a compliment to conventional medicine and as a preventive therapy.
Pressure is applied to particular sections on the surface of the body for the purpose of correcting the imbalances of the body, and for maintaining and promoting health. It is the application of manual and digital pressure to the skin with the aim of preventing illness, maintaining and enhancing health and promoting recovery of illnesses by stimulating the body's natural powers of recuperation, eliminating fatigue-producing elements, and promoting general good health.
By stimulating the immune system and the body's natural healing abilities, Shiatsu therapy can treat the body as a whole and helps to restore functions of the nervous and circulatory systems, musculoskeletal structures and internal organs as well.