How it Works
Shiatsu works with the energy of both the giver and the receiver which is known as qi in Chinese and ki in Japanese. It can be compared to the energy that is referred to as prana in Indian medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Shiatsu theory describe this energy as flowing around the body in pathways called meridians. When the smooth flow is disturbed, the energy becomes blocked in parts of the body, and it is this imbalance of energy that causes illness. The energy can be very depleted, blocked or stagnating, and this often occurs at the points that are used in acupuncture. In fact, Shiatsu has sometimes been described as "acupuncture without needles", although the treatment involves a lot more than that.