Hello, I’m Mami Tsang, the owner of chi yu wellness centre and complementary therapy practitioner. In this video, Tomoko, one of our practitioners will demonstrate Shiatsu therapy. Shiatsu is a Japanese bodywork therapy based on the same Traditional Oriental philosophy as acupuncture and acupressure. The meaning of Shiatsu translates, literally, as ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese. Instead of needles, Shiatsu practitioner uses the thumbs, fingers, palms, elbows and knees to apply the pressure to the specific points called ‘tubo’ to unblock the flow of life energy (known as Ki in Japanese) which running through the body in a series of channels called meridians and organs. Gentle mobilisation and stretching techniques are also used when appropriate. Before your first session, you will have a consultation with your practitioner to discuss your current health concerns, histories and your lifestyle. So your practitioner understands
the whole aspect of your well being and will be able to treat your health holistically.
The shiatsu session usually takes place on the futon or padded mat at the floor level, or on the massage table or chair. Here at Chi yu, the session often takes place on the massage table. Shiatsu is often applied through the loosely fit, comfortable clothing. However, it can be done directly on the skin when it’s incorporated with other therapies such as acupuncture and massage therapy. Your practitioner will work using gentle mobilisation, stretches, pressure on meridian and acupressure points. The techniques used during a session depend entirely upon your energetic state and needs. We recommend to drink plenty of water and avoid strenuous or stressful activities after the treatment. Regular shiatsu sessions can helps to reduce stress, relieve pain, and maintain your physical and emotional wellbeing.