About Zen Shiatsu

Shizuto Masunaga SenseiWhat is Zen Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is an acupressure system from Japan; shiatsu master Shizuto Masunaga developed Zen shiatsu in the 1950's. 

What makes Zen shiatsu different? 
Master Masunaga expanded the traditional energy networks used in acupuncture and identified a more complete system: the extended meridian system. Master Masunaga created a dynamic model of bodywork by adding his understanding of physiology, psychology, and self-care to the foundations of Oriental medicine. 

What is a Zen shiatsu treatment like? 
Zen shiatsu is about giving support while encouraging natural change. A treatment is given through clothing on a low table or a futon on the floor. Alternating pressure with stretching, the therapist can adjust the energy flow in the meridians, which naturally dissolves blockages.

How does Zen Shiatsu Work?
In Oriental medicine disease is understood as a blockage in the flow of energy in the meridians. Headache, indigestion, and back pain are all manifestations of disruption in energy flow. By loosening blockages and promoting the flow of energy, Zen Shiatsu alleviates symptoms and restores health and wellbeing. Zen shiatsu is aimed at promoting health, not fighting disease. 

The Benefits of Zen Shiatsu

  • Reduces tension in the body and alleviates pain, so it is good for physical pain including headaches, back pain and leg pain.
  • Facilitates elimination of waste products from the body by promoting healthy urination and bowel movements.
  • Builds the immune system by improving the quality of sleep, strengthening circulation and regulating endocrine and nervous systems.
  • Benefits travelers by helping the body adjust to time zone and climate changes.
  • Helps maintain vitality in active people by promoting flexibility, balance and awareness.
  • Supports healthy transitions in the mother and baby throughout pregnancy.
  • Eases emotionally distress by lifting the mood and calming the mind.