Shiatsu & Acupressure
Based on the principles of Chinese medicine, Shiatsu and its cousin Acupressure are very similar in theory to acupuncture.  Over the centuries, Chinese health practitioners developed a system based on the premise that good health is dependent on the balanced flow of vitality in the body, and in particular, on the energy that flows through a specific system of channels or meridians.  Chinese hands-on techniques were further developed in Japan and influenced by that culture's practice of massage.  Shiatsu evolved in this tradition to integrate a variety of techniques including pressure stretching and exercise.
Shiatsu can be very useful where oils should be avoided due to a skin condition or for those in a fragile condition who require a gentle touch such as the elderly or ill.  Many active people looking for deeper pressure and a firmer stretch to joints, limbs, and muscles find that Shiatsu helps their flexibility and athletic performance.  It has proven to help during pregnancy to reduce back pain, decrease feelings of apprehension and ease the discomforts of childbirth.
Shiatsu, Acupressure, and other other Asian forms of bodywork have become respected therapies working alongside mainstream Western medicine to aid healing.  These techniques are becoming more widely available in hospitals and other medical settings such as the California Pacific Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente. Respected medical journals such as the Journal of Clinical Pain and the Journal of Gerontology have reported studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of Asian energy balancing techniques for a variety of conditions.  Examples are improved sleep in elderly patients, discomfort relief during PMS and pregnancy pain and nausea reduction following surgery and chemotherapy and anxiety relief in healthy individuals.
A Tool for Rejuvenation
Effectively managing the effects of stress on the mind and body may be the key to maintaining health and vitality in the 21st century.  Shiatsu promotes relaxation, enhances overall well-being, and helps restore the energy you need to meet your daily challenges and fully enjoy life.
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