a relatively young name in massage therapy, but it has a very
old history. About 1000 years ago, Chinese medicine was introduced
into Japan. At that time, massage therapy was known as Anma.
Unfortunately, with the coming of modern medicine, this ancient
system was reduced to treating only simple problems like frozen
shoulders and back tension, and gradually became associated
with pleasure and comfort.
Recently, a modern method of manipulation was brought to Japan,
focusing on bone structure, the autonomic nervous system, and
internal organ functioning. A few traditional Anma therapists
studied this new method and combined it with their own techniques,
creating the practice known as Shiatsu.
Shiatsu emphasizes correction and maintenance of bone structure,
joints, tendons, muscles and meridian lines, whose malfunctioning
distort the body's energy and autonomic nervous system, The
aim of Shiatsu therapy is to tap into the miraculous flow of
life, ensure well-being, prevent sickness and improve physical
A typical Shiatsu session consists of evaluation, and treatment
involving different manipulations to restore balance to the
body. Conditions treated with Shiatsu are the same as those
that are treated with Tuina: pain, numbness, neuralgia, headaches,
dizziness, constipation, insomnia and many other conditions
with functional causes (but no, or only slight, organic malformation).
It is less effective against sicknesses caused by serious internal