Shiatsu is a Japanese healing technique, which is created by Tokujiro Namikoshi widely known as Namikoshi shiatsu therapy. He was born on November 3rd 1905 in Kagawa prefecture, on the island of Shikoku; and at the age of seven he moved with his family to Seto inland sea located in the northern Japanese island Hokkaido. There was no doctor in the village and no medicine was available. Namikoshi treated his mother with simple massage technique when she was ill and after the continuous treatment she got cured. And this experiment on his mother taught him the stubborn powers of self cure built in human organism. And he understood that these powers can be stimulated through adding pressure on certain points or energy lines, and this was the birth of his system of shiatsu. In 1925 Namikoshi opened shiatsu institute of therapy on Hookkaido. As time went by some of the people who came for treatment became his students. In 1933 he started his second Institute in Tokyo and that give way for Japan’s shiatsu Institute. In 1964 Shiatsu was recognized as Independent mainstream treatment method in Japan.

Shiatsu therapy method

Shiatsu applies manual and digital pressure to the skin with the aim of preventing and curing illness by stimulating body’s natural powers of recuperation, eliminating fatigue producing elements, and promoting general health. The main characteristic of shiatsu

1 Diagnosis

Each application of shiatsu pressure is diagnosis enabling the therapist to treat according to the body’s condition. The hands and fingers of the trained therapist are sensitive enough to detect abnormalities in the skin or the muscles or the body heat on contact and thus to pinpoint irregularities and determine at once was basic treatment to employ.

2 Using only the hands and fingers

Shiatsu needs no mechanical devices or medicines, since the practitioner used his hands and fingers.

3 No side effects

Since the points to be treated, pressure, and length of application are fixed according to the goal, treatment is accompanied by no unpleasantness and produces no side effects or later muscular pain..

4 No age limits

Shiatsu can be used on people of all ages, ranging from children to elderly. In the young it helps to strengthen the body and in adults and people in middle age, it prevents so called adult diseases and ageing.

5 Shiatsu is a health barometer

Regular shiatsu helps detect body irregularities and prevents the accumulation of fatigue and occurrence of illness.

6 Deepens trust and reliance between patient and therapist

The determination of the therapist to cure and recipients’ trust in the therapy combined and interact to increase the effectiveness of treatment.

7 Shiatsu treats whole body

Shiatsu starts with full body treatment and further treatment will be given to the specialized areas were need special attention or having discomfort.