Zen Shiatsu can be very effective in supporting shifts with a variety of conditions including : Insomnia, Anxiety and Depression, Muscular Tension, Headaches, Digestive Disturbances, Menstrual Dysfunction, Low Resistance to Infection, Backache, Sprains and Strains, Neck and Shoulder Stiffness, Joint Pain, Sinus Congestion, Retention of Fluid in Tissues, Poor Circulation

What is zen shiatsu?

ZEN Shiatsu is from the Japanese word shi meaning finger and atsu meaning pressure. It is based on thousands of years of Eastern philosophy and methods of healing rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is characterized by the systematic application of pressure with the fingers, thumbs, palms, elbows, forearms, knees and feet on specific points (tsubos), and areas (meridians) on the body. Unlike acupressure, Shiatsu uses not only the main acupuncture points located on a meridian, but also the spaces in between those points.


Zen Shiatsu uses the sense of touch along the body’s largest organ (skin) to reinforce change on a cellular level. In doing so, stored traumas and emotional issues can often be released with support and resolved. Zen shiatsu identifies with the Eastern modalities and philospohies that as a holistic approach, understand body, soul and mind as an unseparable unity. A separation between psychotherapy and somatic medicine as we know it in western medicine was totally unknown in the traditional Far East. Everything is connected to everything else, causes everything, influences each other and has its roots in the same causes.


What to expect from a session

Shiatsu is traditionally practiced on the floor on a futon with the client fully clothed in loose comfortable cotton clothing. Shiatsu can also be adapted on a chair or massage table, for those who find it difficult to be on a futon. The depth of pressure or weight is gauged according to the client’s condition and constitution. The sustained application of pressure during a Shiatsu treatment supports shifts in the parasympathetic nervous system, often resulting in a change of brain wave patterns. This allows the body to relax, promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi (ki in Japanese) or vital life force, and activates the natural or innate healing power of the individual.

Zen Shiatsu may be a stand alone treatment or may be administered in a psychotherapy session after talk therapy to support shifts and releases.