Shiatsu is a unique form of bodywork that provides the satisfaction of touch along with a profound energy-balancing experience. It is based on thousands of years of Eastern philosophy and methods of healing.
Shiatsu directly treats the meridian pathways within the body that channel Ki energy, our life essence. Shiatsu practitioners evaluate and treat these pathways with gentle touch, acupressure and light stretching, listening deeply for restrictions and imbalances throughout the meridian system and body. Any blockage or stagnation of energy within the meridians can result in physical, psychological and emotional disease. Shiatsu helps you balance energy on all levels, while experiencing a profoundly relaxing and clinically therapeutic musculoskeletal treatment
When part of the body is energy-deficient, and not pulling its weight, other areas of the body must overexert to pick up the slack. The treatment goal of shiatsu is to energize these deficiencies, thus allowing the symptoms of overactivity to melt away.
While traditionally practiced on the floor mat, Ryan now incorporates Shiatsu techniques within a full treatment-table session.
Adapted from the Zen Shiatsu school website