When Practicing Shiatsu
There are some basic rules that should be followed
before the practice of shiatsu.
- Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes made of natural fibers. This will help with the
flow of energy or ki.
- The room should be warm, quiet, have adequate space and be neat and clean. If not, this
can have an adverse effect on the flow of ki.
- The person receiving the therapy should ideally lie on a futon (a quilted Japanese
mattress) or a similar floor mat. Pillows or cushions may be used to make the person
- Shiatsu should not be given or received by someone who has just eaten a large meal. Wait
several hours before giving or receiving shiatsu.
- No pressure should be exerted on varicose veins or injuries such as cuts or breaks in
- Although shiatsu can be of benefit to women while pregnant, there are four areas that
should be avoided and these are the stomach, any part of the legs from the knees
downwards, the fleshy web of skin between the forefinger and thumb, and an area on the
shoulders at each side of the neck.
- Ensure that the person is calm and relaxed.
It is generally not advisable to practice shiatsu on people who have serious illnesses
such as heart disorders, multiple sclerosis or cancer. An experienced practitioner may be
able to help, but a detailed and accurate diagnosis and course of treatment is essential.
A verbal check on the person's overall health is important and also to ascertain if a
woman is pregnant.
The immediate effect of treatments differs with each individual. A sense of well-being
Because of the deep relaxation that usually occurs and the stimulus to the major body
systems, you may have some healing reactions. Some people feel cold or flu-like symptoms,
aches and pains, or headaches after the first treatment. These symptoms will only last for
a day or so and usually subside with each subsequent treatment. If these symptoms persist,
please consult a qualified physician immediately. In general, any such effects you may
experience are positive signs from your body telling you it is making an attempt to
correct its own condition in a natural way. These are signs of elimination and the
beginning of the healing process.
The following are some unpleasant side reactions some people get after a shiatsu
treatment and the causes of the same.
|Coughing and generation of mucus or symptoms of a cold: The coughing and production
of mucus is due to the body being encouraged to rid itself of its surplus foods (such as
sugars and fats) in this form. A cold can sometimes develop when the mucus is produced,
usually when the cells of the body are not healthy.|
|A feeling of tiredness: Tiredness can occur, frequently with a person who suffers
from nervous tension. After therapy has removed this stress or tension, then the body's
need for sleep and rest becomes apparent.|
|A headache or other pains and aches: There are two main reasons for these, which
should only last a short time. Shiatsu redresses the balance of ki in the body. Thus,
blockages in the flow of energy are released and the ki can rush around the body, causing
a temporary imbalance in one part and resulting in an ache or pain. It is also possible
that too much time or pressure may have been applied to a particular area. The amount
needed varies considerably from one person to another. If the pain or headache persists
after a few days, obtain qualified medical help.|
|Feeling emotional: Emotional feelings can occur while the energy is being stimulated
to flow and balance is regained. The feelings may be connected with something from the
past that has been suppressed and so, when these emotions resurface, it is best for them
to be expressed in a way that is beneficial, such as crying.|
Why Some People
Get No Beneficial Results From Shiatsu?
Some people may not experience any benefit from
shiatsu. There are a number of reasons for this.
|Some people are completely 'out of touch' with their bodies and are aware only that all
is not well when pain is felt. If this is so, then any beneficial effects from shiatsu may
|Many overweight persons have a deposit of fat below the skin and around the internal
organs. The body is unable to burn off this fat and this layer forms a barrier to ki. The
flow is stopped. Thus, in general, overweight people do not benefit as much from shiatsu
because of the difficulty in stimulating the flow of ki in the body.|
It is possible for practitioners of shiatsu, as they
become increasingly experienced, to assess a person's physical and mental state of health
by observing the body and forming accurate observations. If the traditional ways of
eastern diagnosis are studied, this can assist greatly. The eastern methods were based on
the senses of hearing, seeing, smelling and touching and also by questioning people to
obtain information leading to an overall diagnosis. This is known as body reading.
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