Zen ShiatsuShiatsu is a technique that has its roots in Chinese medicine; first practiced by Buddhist monks that exported it to Japan, it was consolidated thanks to Tokujiru Namikashi and evolved to the present day.

Today there are more Shiatsu methods, the most common are the Namikashi and Masunaga styles.

Both styles are named after their founder and distinguish themselves as they pursue different goals: while theNamikashi method focuses on the symptoms and aims to intervene on diseases – also using the knowledges of Western medicine – the Masunaga style (or Zen Shiatsu) aims to a general well-being, putting causes before symptoms; according to the master Masunaga, in fact, most of the body discomforts depend on psycho-emotional conditions that determine them.

It is clear, therefore, that Zen Shiatsu look at the man in a global sense as a being made up of body and spirit.

The Masunaga method uses the energetic channels of the human body (meridians) to locate points where an excess (jistu) or a vacuum (kyo) of energy cause illness; through the touch the practitioner acts on the critical points generating a sense of widespread prosperity.

Besides relieving muscular-skeletal disorder such as back pain, stiffness in the neck and shoulders and inflammation of the tendons, Zen Shiatsu intervenes on stress-related problems such us:

1. Insomnia;

2. Depression;

3. Muscle tension;

4. Headache;

5. Menstrual dysfunction;

6. Anxiety.

At the end of the treatment, the practitioner can suggests some exercises (Makkoho) designed to facilitate the energy flow in the human body.

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Zen Shiatsu – The Masunaga Method

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