Zen Shiatsu massage therapy was developed by Shizuto Masunaga in the 20th century. Zen Shiatsu differs from the more traditional Shiatsu in that the meridian system was expanded. Masunaga also incorporated elements of Western psychology and physiology into his work.
In asian traditional medicine, it is believed that the body has the great ability to heal itself if given the right environment and freedom to do so. Give your body a chance to self heal and bring you into a more balanced lifestyle. Ease your mind from everyday stress and troubles and give yourself space. Allow yourself to be present for a deeper connection.
There are 12 main meridians (energy pathways) in the body that correspond to an organ and each have distinct characteristics. Each paired meridian also corresponds to an element in Shiatsu. For example, the Liver and Gallbladder meridians fall under the Wood element. Each meridian is also either Yin or Yang and in Shiatsu we try to balance these energies for a better flow enabling the body to heal with more ease. It is when there are blockages or congestion of energy that we feel discomfort or get ill. Shiatsu brings movement of energy and awareness for healing. When receiving Shiatsu at a regular basis, it can be preventive and help your immune system to be more responsive. Regular treatments are very beneficial for overall health!