The practice of Shiatsu — the art of healing through finger pressure — is from Japan and dates back to the 7th century. As with Tai Chi and Qi Gong, Shiatsu involves Qi, the life force. It flows in meridians, specific pathways through the body.
The Shiatsu therapist accesses the Qi through points along the meridians called Vital Points. Health is present when the meridians have abundant Qi and the flow is unobstructed. When the flow of Qi is blocked, or out of balance, symptoms arise. Seemingly minor signs can emerge, such as regular colds and flus, fatigue, weekly or daily headaches, body aches and muscular pain, or digestive difficulties. These are indications of the imbalance of Qi. Shiatsu stimulates and harmonizes the flow of Qi through the body.
The Shiatsu therapist is trained to recognize patterns of disharmony in the body, even prior to physical signs appearing. Balance can be restored with proper assessment and regular Shiatsu sessions. Shiatsu practitioners may also offer lifestyle and activity recommendations.
Shiatsu is not only for illness, but to relieve stress and generally to invigorate the body and mind. Shiatsu practice has grown steadily and is practiced in Switzerland today in a variety of health professions.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A SHIATSU SESSION
Wear comfortable, loose clothing. While sitting or lying on a mat, I use soft pressure from my thumbs, fingers or elbows, at key points on the body. You will feel a sensation of relaxing and “coming home to your body”, and at the end, a sense of new energy and balance.
While I am currently still involved in my professional training, I am approved to offer Shiatsu therapy in a rented practice room in Basel. Appointments are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings.