Shiatsu literally means finger pressure (Shi - finger, Atsu - pressure). This ancient form of acupressure is performed by pressing "tsubos" located on energy channels on the body. Tsubos are specific points along the energy channels (meridian lines), that when pressed upon, can stimulate the body's energy to flow more easily. The meridian lines are divided into Yin and Yang, which each have their own representations.
In oriental medicine, the body's strength is located in the centre - the Hara - which is located around the belly button. When we are healthy, the Hara is vibrant, firm and strong. When we are weak, our immunity is impaired and the Hara becomes tight, with pockets of "dead" energy. Through a Hara diagnosis, a knowledge is gained of which energy channels (meridian lines) may be blocked.
Shiatsu's best application is to maintain health and vitality, by supporting the natural flow of energy in the body. By combining Applied Shiatsu and Massage, it helps clients gain a better sense of well being with reduction in pain and discomfort.