Shiatsu, meaning “finger pressure” is a complementary (or alternative) therapy and is known for its particular technique of massage. Originating in Japan, many centuries ago, it is a form of acupressure, and uses varying rhythms and degrees of pressure to balance the life-energy that flows through specific pathways (meridians) in the body.
Shiatsu massages are normally done fully clothed and involve pressing points on the body and stretching and opening of the energy meridians. Shiatsu is somewhat related to acupuncture, which is a form of anesthesia and therapy used in Chinese hospitals for surgery.
The Shiatsu Society is one of a number of associations which maintains registers of qualified practitioners - MRSS and Graduate. Members of the professional Register of the Shiatsu Society (MRSS) have been assessed for professionalism and clinical expertise by an independent panel of senior practitioners and teachers of Shiatsu.
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